Girl, 14, says man tried to coax her into car near OHS

By Evan Goodenow -

An alleged abduction attempt is under investigation.

A 14-year-old girl said a man tried to talk her into getting into a sport utility vehicle he was driving outside Oberlin High School, according to police Lt. Mike McCloskey. She said the incident happened between 5:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Monday.

The girl said she was alone when the man drove up and told her that her mother told him to pick her up. The girl said she refused and the man drove off.

The man was described as Latino, between 30 and 40 years old, with short, dark hair in a buzz cut and short facial hair. The girl said he spoke with a thick accent.

The SUV was described as olive green or gray. Schools superintendent David Hall said police are looking at school surveillance video to try to get the license plate number.

He said the girl was outside the school after finishing an extracurricular activity. Hall said extra administrators would be outside the school today when classes are dismissed and police would do extra patrols.

Police Sgt. Dave Jasinski said officers first heard the allegation through a Facebook post. “We’re following up on different angles,” he said of the investigation.

Jasinski said there haven’t been any other child abduction attempts reported this year. Hall, superintendent since August of last year, said it was the first report involving a student since he was hired.

McCloskey urged people to be vigilant. He suggested parents tell children to walk in groups and not approach strangers. Anyone with information on the allegation is asked to call police at 440-774-1061.

Evan Goodenow can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @GoodenowNews on Twitter.

By Evan Goodenow