Attached are English and Spanish versions of a letter from Supterintendent Judy Wiegand regarding an attempted abduction of a Chapaign Unit 4 student that occurred today.
Dear Unit 4 Families:
RE: URGENT SCHOOL SAFETY ALERT
The following information was reported to police today.
A fifth grade, female student was approached this morning at approximately 7:40 a.m. at the
intersection of North Fifth Street and East Columbia Avenue as she was waiting for her school
bus. The student reported that a white man, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with short blond hair, a
light brown beard and mustache, and wearing a black t-shirt approached her. The student
reported that the man was driving a four-door, small silver car. The car had a white tiger sticker
in the right windshield. She also observed a key chain shaped like a finger or with the picture of
a finger hanging from the trunk.
The student reported that the man asked her if she needed a ride, and she replied, “No.” She said
he drove past her a second time and asked again if she needed a ride and told her to get in the
car. She replied, “No,” again and began to run toward the home of someone she knew. As she
was running, he made another statement to her. She thought he said, “I’m going to come after
The student made it safely to the home to which she was running. The school was notified of
this incident mid-afternoon.
The police are investigating this incident and encourage community members to continue to
watch local news reports and keep abreast of updates via the department’s website:
http://www.champaignpolice.com. Any leads or reports of suspicious activity related to this attempted
abduction can be reported to the Champaign Police Department by calling (217) 351-4545, or
callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-TIPS (8477). Information
can also be reported anonymously via the web at http://www.373tips.com or by cell phone by texting
keyword CCTIP plus the tip information to 274637 (CRIMES).