JAMUL, Calif. -- An attempted kidnapping was reported Tuesday in Jamul, prompting deputies to provide extra patrols for the rest of the week.
“We’re used to walking around here so it’s hard to believe that happened here,” said Parent, Priscilla Rendone.
Parent Priscilla Rendone is rightfully concerned after learning of an attempted kidnapping of a student near her son’s primary school.
“You wouldn’t think that would happen around here just because of the fact that it’s so rural there’s nobody out here," said Rendone.
The incident was reported shortly before 4 p.m. near Jamul Primary School on Lyons Valley Road, according to a news release from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
An 11-year-old girl on a nearby dirt trail was approached and forcibly grabbed by a male, according to Sgt. K. Menzies. The child, who suffered a minor abrasion on her arm, was able to escape.
Deputies searched the area with the help of a helicopter but did not find the suspect.
The Jamul Dulzura Union School District notified families about the incident.
“It was pretty alarming,” said Parent, Deserie Fischer.
Myles and her mother Desirie Fischer were shaken by the news.
"I never knew that someone could just come and try to kidnap someone because that doesn’t really happen at my school ,” said student, Myles Fischer.
Deputies will provide extra patrols before and after school for the remainder of the week. That's reassuring for families like the Fischers.
“Having them there it feels like if someone comes in they’re just going to take them down,” said Myles.
"It was great to see sheriff’s around here today hopefully just alarm people and bringing awareness to everything so it was awesome,” said parent, Deserie Fischer. "Knowing that their presence is here and hopefully it detours anybody who is trying to do anything and I hope that they find them."
All schools in the Jamul Dulzura Union School District will start at their normally scheduled time.
Detectives from the Sheriff's Rancho San Diego Station are investigating.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.