Attempted Kidnapping Near Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, Says Superintendent

On September 2, 2022, Superintendent Dr. Brent Stevens sent a message to members and families of the Lafayette School District and obtained by the Bay Area Telegraph, reporting what he described as an “attempted kidnapping” near Stanley Middle School in Lafayette.

According to Stevens’ email, “Near Moraga Blvd., a female student who was walking to school was approached by a man driving his car. He is reported to have stopped his car, asked if the student was alone, and then got out of his car and grabbed her by the shoulder. Fortunately, she was able to get free and run away, and the man sped off. The student was shaken by what happened, but not injured.”

Stevens made clear that the incident immediately became a police matter. In his words, “Police arrived at the school within minutes of being notified of the incident, and were at the school all morning, conducting interviews, collecting evidence, and reviewing video footage. ” Both the District and the police are devoting “substantial resources” to the case, Stevens reported in his email.

Police are requesting information and video footage from anyone living near the location of the alleged attempted kidnapping. “If you live in the area of Monroe Avenue, 1st Street, and Moraga Boulevard, and have a camera at your home, we encourage you to contact the Lafayette Police Department,” Stevens said.

Update: According to a social media post from the Contra Costa Sheriff, “The suspect is described as a white male adult, approximately 40 years old, heavy set, 5’8″ to 5’9″ tall, with stubble facial hair. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt with a white shirt underneath and dark-colored pants. He was driving a white 4-door sedan with stock wheels and mud spray on the driver’s side of the vehicle.”

This is a fast-breaking story, and the Bay Area Telegraph will continue to update our coverage.

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Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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