EWA BEACH, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police have released a sketch of the suspect accused of attempting to kidnap a student who was walking to school.
The man is believed to be 30 to 40 years old, and has a medium build and black hair.
He has also several distinctive tattoos: An octopus and shark tattoo on his neck, and a Hawaiian design tattoo on both sides of his face. Both of his forearms are also covered in tattoos, police said.
In a letter sent home to parents, students and families of Keoneula Elementary School were urged to exercise caution after the attempted kidnapping on Sept. 19.
According to the letter, a student was walking to school on Kaipalaoa Street around 7:05 a.m. Tuesday when a man in a black truck came up and told the student to get into the vehicle.
The man then grabbed the student and tried to bring the child into the truck.
The child was able to get away and immediately reported it to school staff. HPD was also notified, but no arrests have been reported in the case.
The truck is a black four-door pickup truck, possibly a Toyota.
"The safety of your children is of utmost importance to us. We are sending this letter to you as a precauseion, and to encourage you to speak to your child regarding measures to stay safe, specifically about 'stranger danger,'" Aarong Chung, the school's Vice Principal said.
Here are some tips the DOE shared with students in the letter on how to be safe:
- Stay away from strangers, do not talk to or take anything from them.
- Don't go anywhere with someone you don't know. Never accept a ride from a stranger.
- Stay more than an arm's reach from strangers.
- Use the buddy system
- If a stranger grabs you, do whatever it takes to stop the stranger, yell for help.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
Anyone with information on the attempted kidnapping should call police.