Security was beefed up at an elementary school in North Hollywood Thursday as police searched for a man who attempted to abduct a 10-year-old girl the night before.
The incident happened when the girl, who was attending an after-school program at Coldwater Canyon Elementary, was walking from the playground to a bathroom at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.
According to the girl, the would-be abductor grabbed her from behind and covered her mouth, Sgt. Mike Kammert of the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The victim got away by biting the man’s hand. She then notified school officials who called police, according to Kammert.
When police arrived, the man was already gone.
Despite the man somehow getting on campus, security at the school is good, according to educator Sadia Carone, who said she needs to sign in and show a badge when arriving on campus.
Investigators brought in blood hounds to find the attacker’s sent, but nothing turned up.
“I just want to make sure they’re safe. I’m not a mom, but they’re my kids and I love them,” said Carone.
The LAPD and school security teamed up Thursday to try to find the attacker and ensure the students safety as they returned to the campus.
The girl told police the attacker was a white man with curly salt-and-pepper hair and was wearing brown shoes with no laces.