GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- Parent Brandi Pollock is shocked and concerned.
“We have to sit down with our kids and talk to them about what would they do in that situation,” says Pollock.
On Monday evening Grand Junction Police was dispatched to an attempted kidnapping, allegedly taking place in the area below the Grand Avenue Bridge.
“A 12 year-old female student who had missed the bus that day and was subsequently walking home. She was approached by a male stranger who grabbed her from behind and attempted to pull her off the trail,” says Heidi Davidson with GJPD.
The victim reportedly saw that the suspect was armed with a hand gun. She was able to get away with no injuries. Police encourage this as an opportunity for parents to teach kids what to do in this kind of situation.
“Don’t instill fear, instill confidence. Talk to your kids. Prepare them and equip them with a plan and with the skills and strategies that they need to stay safe,” says Davidson.
If they do have to walk, police encourage kids to walk in groups and to take walking routes that they are familiar with.
“You make a plan with them and you should know exactly the route that your children are taking when they walk home,” says Davidson.
Police say that it’s never too early to talk about safety.
“You can also talk to your family physician. There’s a ton of resources online. There’s all sorts of resources that parents can access,” says Davidson.