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P.S. I am glad that this girls parents taught her to ride a bicycle so she was able to outrun this guy. Is she was on foot, this incident might have turned out differently.
Scary story. Glad she is alright.
I am sure the girl pedaled faster rather than peddled. The two words mean very different things.
Carry a can of Mace. They are coming at the younger people.
I urge everyone to take a photo of that sketch with your iphone ipad or whatever. Keep it on you. You never know when you might see him.
This story is truly scary!!! I encouraged my kids to ride to school. Now I am going to start driving them.
A center in Palo Alto attracts transients - have the police checked this center to see if any of the men there match this description?
How awful! As a mom to a 12 year old girl, I immediately did something I should have done years ago - I went onto the Megan's Law site and typed in my own zip code of 94301. I urge everyone to do the same. There are 6 registered sex offenders right HERE and now I know what they look like.
Just a good thing to do. Let's stay alert, watch over ALL our kids and help them feel safe.
Great idea Cynthia. I just went to the site but I was not able to do the search. Can you share thd link that you used? Thanks
Why does an incident like this change your view about your kids biking to and from school? In the morning and when school gets out in mid-afternoon, there are lots of eyes on the street!
Truth is that many more kids are injured or killed as passengers than abducted by strangers. But since most of us drive every day, we underestimate the risk of injury inside that familiar metal box, and wildly overestimate the risk of abduction by strangers.
Plus this incident is reported to have occurred at 5:16 pm. Sunset was at 5:38 today. So if your middle school student doesn't have a buddy to ride with at that hour, maybe it's a rational choice to pick them up.
I agree with the comment above: "I am glad that this girl's parents taught her to ride a bicycle so she was able to outrun this guy." She also screamed loudly, which may also be a sign of wise parenting.
If you're afraid of stuff happening to your kids when they bike to school, then just bike along with them. Maybe do some errands afterwards before you bike home. You'll be amazed how much more fun this is than driving your kids to school every day.
Try Crime Reports if you wanna see all the pedos in your area, and then marvel at how many live within throwing distance of schools.
This is speculation, but this man's picture looks like one of the sex offenders who lives on Alma. Would be worth having this girl look at the picture on familywatchdog.us:
Tough to find journalists who know the language. Or is the problem with the copyediting?
Problem is spellcheck. Peddling is very different from pedaling.
They can edit away at posts they don't like, but posts that point out their spelling errors are ignored. It is hard to take serious an article with such a whopper!
The Megan's Law website is powerful information. I had no idea that so many sex offenders live in our neighborhood.
Girl almost gets kidnapped and and idiots are complaining about spelling.
The NRA's solution? Give her a gun.
Is it any wonder that most of these assaults and attempts occur at or near the Train Corridor? Wake up Law Enforcement and clean out those Homeless camps and get the mentally Ill off of our streets and neighborhoods!
I see the Palo Alto Online staff removed my previous post without explanation. I was providing the Megan's website link, as well as some statistics about child safety. I was also informing residents that I am offering free self-defense classes to all students and staff through our local schools. Sorry if I did something wrong... (?)
maybe they object to self-promotion.
Half Moon Bay Rewiew does not allow that on the web forum
According to the Family Watchdog site -- but not found on the Megan's Law registry as far as I can tell -- there's a registered sex offender living on Oregon Avenue, roughly 12-15 blocks from the site of this incident. From the photo and description at the Family Watchdog site, this man is a very close match to the description and sketch in the article.
I believe that is character actor Derek McGrath.
This whole story sounds fishy. There are so many things that are not right about this story that I suspect the girl made it all up. It would not be the first time this has happened. A woman recently claimed a man tried to steal her child from her arms, and now she has been arrested for making false claims.
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