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Woman offers 5-year-old boy candy to get in van

Parent reports possible attempted kidnapping

A woman pulled up to a West Menlo Park home on Saturday morning (Nov. 3) and asked a 5-year-old boy to get in a minivan to go to her house for Halloween candy, the boy's mother told police.

Saying no, the boy backed away from the car, according to his mother. The stranger drove off as the mother walked out of the Oakley Avenue house.

The van, described as a very old faded light blue, headed towards Cloud Avenue. Witnesses said a car seat possibly holding a toddler was also in the van.

The parent called police around 10:17 a.m., within minutes after the van drove away, and also told neighbors about the incident. The Sheriff's Office described the suspect as a middle-aged Hispanic or Asian woman with short black hair and wearing a gray shirt.

Some Menlo Park schools were on alert, according to Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, since the incident happened near several campuses.

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Woman offers 5-year-old boy candy to get in van

Parent reports possible attempted kidnapping

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Uploaded: Tue, Nov 6, 2012, 9:48 am

A woman pulled up to a West Menlo Park home on Saturday morning (Nov. 3) and asked a 5-year-old boy to get in a minivan to go to her house for Halloween candy, the boy's mother told police.

Saying no, the boy backed away from the car, according to his mother. The stranger drove off as the mother walked out of the Oakley Avenue house.

The van, described as a very old faded light blue, headed towards Cloud Avenue. Witnesses said a car seat possibly holding a toddler was also in the van.

The parent called police around 10:17 a.m., within minutes after the van drove away, and also told neighbors about the incident. The Sheriff's Office described the suspect as a middle-aged Hispanic or Asian woman with short black hair and wearing a gray shirt.

Some Menlo Park schools were on alert, according to Menlo Park City School District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, since the incident happened near several campuses.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 363-4911 or leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-547-2700.

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Awareness
Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Nov 6, 2012 at 11:10 am
Awareness, Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Nov 6, 2012 at 11:10 am
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I wish the MPD would check into the two individuals I constantly see hanging out in their vehicles near the ball park at Burgess. One in a sliver Mazda wagon w/ chrome wheels, usually early morning, getting high. Just walk by his car and you get the wiff, then he just drives off, kids/people all around in his path. The other (more disturbing), is the guy in his shinny white Ford (panel), van w/custom wheels. He is almost reliably there daily at about 2:30 in the afternoon (just before kids get out of school), with his back doors slightly open, generally playing pop music loud enough for everyone to hear, just "hanging out".

This will sound like paranoia to some, but what is a middle aged man, in a panel van, playing pop music with his doors slightly open, hanging out in a place with lots of kids around, doing there on such a regular basis? Really, these two are not difficult to find, you just have to look,and I hope someone in authority does before something potentially happens.


looking ahead
Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Nov 6, 2012 at 11:57 am
looking ahead, Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Nov 6, 2012 at 11:57 am
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Atleast after the city builds a homeless shelter in Burgess everyone will know better than to let their kids go near the place.


Annabelle
Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Annabelle, Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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If someone is "hanging around" an area like Burgess Park, why isn't it reported to the police rather than in this forum?


Replyannabell
Menlo Park: other
on Nov 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Replyannabell, Menlo Park: other
on Nov 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm
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It has been, but not sure anyone got the message, it will be again.


Charlie
Menlo Park: other
on Nov 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Charlie, Menlo Park: other
on Nov 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm
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I am a dispatcher with the Menlo Park Police Department and I have read your concern. We have provided the information to the officers and requested that they patrol during the specified times for the described subjects. I encourage you to call dispatch in the future if you see them at the park so we can respond quickly to make contact with them. You can use 9-1-1 which will come directly into us or you can call our 7 digit phone number 650-325-4424. We are here 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. I appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention.


Michael G. Stogner
another community
on Nov 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm
Michael G. Stogner, another community
on Nov 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm
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This story is a good reminder for all of us to up our game. When you see something that looks out of the ordinary just call the Police Department. They will respond and it will be dealt with. Keep eyes open this is your village.

Good job Charlie, thanks for reading this blog.


Charlotte Willner
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 7, 2012 at 8:38 am
Charlotte Willner, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Nov 7, 2012 at 8:38 am
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Go Charlie!


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