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Rocklin Police: Man tried to lure students into van
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Rocklin Police are looking for information about a man who they believe has tried to lure students into his van.

The first incident happened on November 19th around 4 p.m. in the parking lot of a shopping center off of Lonetree Boulevard. That’s near RC Willey.

“Two students were walking through the parking lot and they were approached by a van,” said Corporal Neil Costa with the Rocklin Police Department.

Costa said another juvenile passenger was with the man and they told the two male students to get in the van.

Police said the students turned and ran for their school and then noticed officials there.

“It’s really scary for the kids. This is such a great neighborhood. I don’t know with everything going on today, it’s just geez, when’s it going to stop?” said Henry Arauza. He was visiting the shopping center where this happened.

The second incident happened on Tuesday, December 1st in the parking lot at Whitney High School.

Costa said a male student was approached by a man in a van and was asked if he had eaten. Then the man asked to take him to breakfast.

The student said ‘no’ and went on to class while the van drove off, according to police.

The student then told a school resource officer.

“That’s pretty bold to be doing it with so many people around that can see the van and see the person in it, so I’m surprised. I’m more concerned with kids like my son with autism here who I can’t necessarily teach the same things, he might get in that kind of van if it’s a nice enticement,” said Whitney High School parent Keith Caldwell.

Costa said in both instances the students did the correct thing, by running and telling an adult.

Police are encouraging parents and students to be aware of their surroundings.

He said they are not certain these two events are connected, but they do have similar descriptions.

“The students describe the driver as a white male adult in their 40's or 50's. The description of the vehicle is also similar in both incidents: a greenish grey colored van or tannish grey colored van,” said Costa.

Police ask if you know anything or if you see anything suspicious to contact them at 916-625-5400.

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