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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Seventh Grade Boy Chased by Strange Man Outside St. Philip The Apostle School

Posted By on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

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Students at St. Philip school are shaken up today after a seventh grade boy was the target of what officials are calling an attempted abduction yesterday afternoon. 

The school principal Remy Everett tells us that the boy was walking past the school's church on Elizabeth Street at about 3:40 p.m. when he sensed someone behind him. He turned and saw an unknown man rushed toward him. The boy started running and screamed as the man chased after him. 

The boy ran into Diamond Street Cafe where his grandmother picked him up. They went back to the school and called police. 

Everett says that a sixth grade girl came forward and said she witnessed the boy being chased by a strange man "with a determined look" on his face. The girl then watched the man run diagonally across the street in attempt to catch up with the boy. 

"They both had a very uncomfortable feeling about the man — they didn't recognize him and he went directly for the seventh grade boy," Everett tells us. 

Everett says she was surprised, as the area is usually busy with cars and pedestrians. Immediately after the incident, Everett sent an email to parents warning them of the attempted abduction. School officials have also spoken to all the students in an age-appropriate manner, reminding them of the school's safety and procedures. 

Today, students are back in class, and the anxiety is dissipating a bit, she says. "It's on everyone's mind, but it's not an anxiety-ridden environment," Everett says. 

We contacted police to get more information and will update the story when we hear back. Meanwhile, stay safe, and if you have any information about this incident, contact SFPD at (415) 575-4444. 

Update 1:!5 p.m.: SFPD says they're still interviewing witnesses and the victim and until that's complete they can't call it an attempted kidnapping. Rather it's a "suspicious act toward a child." Cops are looking for surveillance footage and canvassing the area for other witnesses. Also, the suspect was described as an adult Latino man wearing greay sweatpants and a hoodie. 

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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