District notifies parents, police up patrols after two men approach 9-year-old

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AKRON, Ohio — Parents of students in the Akron Public Schools and Pfeiffer Elementary School are being warned by the district after a reported attempted luring.

According to Akron police, the reported incident happened Wednesday around 4 p.m. in the 2000 block of Ninth Street S.W. near Pfeiffer Elementary School.

A 9-year-old female reported she was walking home from school when a white “beat-up looking” truck stopped her, and the driver asked if she wanted a ride. She then ran back to the school and told the principal.

The driver was described as being an older white male between the ages of 55 and 65. There was also a white male passenger in the pick-up truck. The older male driver left the area after the girl ran back to the school.

In a letter to parents, the district said in part:

“The safety of our students and staff is of utmost concern to Akron Public Schools and Pfeiffer Elementary School. Part of staying safe comes from staying in the loop of important information…Help us keep our students safe by being aware and by notifying us of anything suspicious you may observe or hear about during the course of your day. Akron Police will be increasing patrols around our schools to try to apprehend the suspects in this case. Please call school at 330-848-5244 if you have any additional concerns.”

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