A 12-year-old Castilleja student narrowly escaped an abduction attempt Friday morning, according to Palo Alto police. The girl was walking on campus at about 8 a.m. when a man called out to her to "lure her towards him," according to police Sgt. Sandra Brown.
The man tried to grab the student as she turned to run, but she made it safely into the school building and, after telling friends about the incident, alerted officials, Brown said.
The suspect is described as an Asian male with black hair in a buzz cut, with a dark complexion, and between 30 and 40 years old. The student described his clothing as a black waist-length fabric jacket and black chino pants or black jeans. He may have been wearing a light-colored shirt, the girl reported.
Brown said Palo Alto Unified School District officials were planning to put out a warning to parents and students about the incident.
Anyone with information about the abduction attempt or who may have seen the suspect can call police at 650-329-2413.