Student escapes kidnapping attempt twice

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Seen on <a>,0,2659915.story</a> The Harding Fine Arts Academy is a charter high school that tries to integrate the arts with academics. Principal Sherry Rowan, however, says her students needed a crash course on kidnapping last week. "I hate it that any of our students would be accosted on their way to school," Rowan says. While walking to school Thursday morning near NW 30th and Classen, one of her 16 year-old students was approached by a man who made sexually inappropriate comments to the boy. The victim told police the man said "I like your socks; I'd like to see you in nothing but your socks." Police say at one point, the suspect reached out and grabbed the boy's backpack and tried to pull him towards him. Fortunately, the boy was able to get away. "He was pretty rattled," Rowan says, "and he went to talk to one of his teachers that he feels really close to." The school immediately sent a letter to all parents, describing the suspect and the incident. They also called an emergency assembly, during which an officer reminded students to walk with a friend and to use a cell phone to call police at the first sign of trouble. That's exactly what the boy did the very next morning when the suspect drove up to him again. Police say the sight of the cell phone upset the suspect. "At this time, the suspect appeared to throw his hands up as if he were upset and drive off at a very high rate of speed," says Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow. "I think everybody's made it pretty clear to the general public that this kind of behavior is not going to be tolerated by our community," Rowan says. Police say the suspect was driving a newer model, light gold GMC Denali with tinted windows. He is described as a black male in his 30s, about five feet, eight inches tall. He weighs about 140 pounds, is bald and has a chipped front tooth. He was wearing a white t-shirt and baggy blue jeans. Anyone who recognizes this person should call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Harding Fine Arts Academy doesn't have a bus system, so officials arranged for a teacher to drive the boy to school. However, in response to the two incidents, a school supporter decided to buy the boy a bicycle.
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Oklahoma City , OK
Coordinates: 35° 30' 1.8216" N, 97° 32' 3.1524" W
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Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 8:00am
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