Mountain View police are on the lookout for a man who was loitering at a local elementary school and reportedly tried to snatch a young girl on Thursday.
Officers responded to Bubb Elementary School at about 8:45 a.m. after receiving a call about the suspicious man. Police say the victim was returning to class after using the bathroom when she noticed the suspect leaning against a tetherball pole. When she walked within six feet of him, he lunged at her. She managed to flee and immediately reported the incident to her teacher.
Police quickly responded and conducted a search with negative results. The suspect is described as being an older heavyset man with gray hair wearing a navy blue polo shirt and grey jeans.
As a result of the incident, the Mountain View Whisman School District immediately set up a buddy system for any student needing to leave class for any reason. Parents were also notified of the incident. Additionally, there was an extra police presence on campus.
Parents and community members are asked to keep an eye out for the suspect or any other suspicious people lurking near any place where children congregate. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers associated with talking to strangers.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Mountain View police at (650) 903-6344.