MARICOPA — With an incident of a suspicious vehicle approaching children last week still fresh in the minds of parents, an incident that occurred on Tuesday was determined non-threatening and not credible by the Maricopa Police Department, according to the information that was sent out to the families from Maricopa Unified School District.
On Tuesday morning, four kids in the Tortosa neighborhood were approached by a van, and a driver asked them if they had lost a dog or knew anyone who had.
Three students who were walking to Santa Cruz Elementary School with an older student who attends Desert Wind Middle School were approached by the driver. When one of the elementary students started approaching the van, the older middle school student told the elementary students to run, according to Gina Melendrez, parent of the elementary school kids. The van sped off after the students started running away.
This incident occurred three houses from their home on Alhambra Street, a five- to seven-minute walk from Santa Cruz Elementary. The Maricopa Police Department was called shortly after the incident.
"The incident was reported to the Maricopa Police Department and officers located the person and vehicle in question. They determined his actions were not malicious and that it was not a credible threat," MUSD said in the letter.
On Aug. 16, an incident occurred at the Homestead neighborhood, where a man tried to lure a middle school student into his car. Since the two incidents happened within only a few days of one another, it raised questions of the safety in the area.
"Although this incident was not a threat, the student did the right thing by reporting a situation that made him feel uneasy. We wanted to share this information and ask that you continue to report any suspicious activity to the Maricopa Police Department," MUSD said.