Friday Jul 31 2009
Rocklin teen thwarts man’s request
By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
A Rocklin teen escaped a potential kidnapper Thursday when she refused to get into a man’s truck. At approximately 6 p.m. July 30, a 13-year-old girl, in the area of Pebble Creek Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Rocklin, refused a ride from an unknown male driver who said the teen’s parents wanted him to pick her up and drive her home. The girl refused to get into the truck, threw a plastic water bottle at the driver, who then drove away, according to the Rocklin Police Department release. Rocklin Police Lt. Lon Milka said the teen did the right thing by putting up resistance. Milka said no weapons were involved in this case. Rocklin Police are seeking help identifying the suspect and truck. The driver was described as white, between the ages of 30 to 40 with pale skin, brown eyes, very dark brown and a brown mole under his left eye, according to the teen’s description. He was wearing a gray T-shirt. The truck is described as a smaller, champagne pickup with Nevada license plates and an off-white shell. Milka said Rocklin sees a couple cases like this a year and recommends parents talk to their children about potential situations, “so kids don’t put themselves in harm’s way.” Parents need to give “what-if’ situations to their children and discuss what their child can do in the situation, Milka said. For children, “if your gut feeling is not to do what is suggested by someone,” Milka advises not to do it. Anyone with information regarding this case, contact the Rocklin Police Department at 625-5400. Tips for children and parents: - Don’t confuse children by warning against “strangers.” Danger to children is much greater from someone you know or they know than from a “stranger.” - Teach children that no one has the right to pressure or force them into doing things they don’t feel comfortable doing - Practice “what if” scenarios. At the mall or park, ask children what they should do if they were in danger - Parents – watch your children. Children shouldn’t be put into situations of making safety choices if they are not old enough to make them Information from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Web site. For more information, visit www.missingkids.com. Lauren Weber can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.