The authority revealed that on Tuesday, a 14-year-old girl was going to school in Sonoma in the morning was kidnaped and physically attacked by a man who later attempted to kidnap a second victim and was finally captured.
According to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, Altimira Middle Schoo’s staff called officials at 8 a.m. to report that a student had been physically assaulted while going to school.
The police got a second call from an anonymous source who reported that a man of similar information had tried to kidnap a second victim.
Officials explored the area and talked with victims. They saw and captured the suspect within two hours.
A spokeswoman named Misti Wood for the Sonoma sheriff told the office has not yet openly identified the suspect and will deliver more details Wednesday.
The intermediate school is part of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. Superintendent Socorro Shiels addressed in a note to the community that the violation affects us all.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, this week, officials will develop patrols in the area. The police suggest that students walk to school in pairs or groups, be conscious of their surroundings, and call 911 if they see something suspicious.
Paloma Apgar, an Altimira parent, stated she noticed police cars about 9 a.m. at the school but found out what occurred only when her sixth-grade daughter arrived home with the superintendent’s note telling parents of the attack.
The news was bothering for the small, tight-knit school, Apgar stated, but she still feels like it is a secure community and will proceed to permit her daughter to go to school with a bunch.