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Man tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl as she walked to school in San Leandro near Bancroft Middle School

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Police are investigating a report that a man tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl as she walked to school in San Leandro on Tuesday morning. Around 9:25 a.m., the girl, a student at Bancroft Middle School, was approached by a man in a car as she walked near the school, located at 1150 Bancroft Ave., according to police The suspect pulled up alongside the girl and told her that her mother had instructed him to give her a ride, police said.

The girl refused to get in the car and continued walking to school, where she told staff about the incident. Police responded to the area and searched for the man and his vehicle but he was not found, San Leandro police Lt. Randall Brandt said.

The suspect was described as a black man about 30 years old who was wearing a camouflage baseball cap. His car is believed to be similar to a black Chrysler 300 with tinted windows, police said. Detectives are investigating the incident and are working with school personnel.

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