NORFOLK -- Police say someone may have tried to abduct a 10-year-old Wednesday afternoon while she was walking home from Oceanair Elementary School.
The student told officers the driver of a black work van got out of the van in the 700 block of Dudley Avenue and grabbed her by the arm. The girl ran.
"With all the disturbance out here, I found out from my neighbor that her little girl was, somebody attempted to abduct her," Frank Wilson told 13News. "She was really upset, because, you know, like a mother would be upset, and she has decided that her little girl was not gonna walk home again, you know, from down, even though that we live this close to the school."
Ladonna Miller has an 8-year-old who attends Oceanair. Miller found out about the possible abduction attempt through a letter sent home by the school.
"When they get let out, it's a pack of kids, you know. Somebody seen something, you know," said Miller who planned to reinforce safety points with her daughter. "Be careful. Don't talk to no strangers. If you're with your friends, keep it moving. If you don't recognize them, walk fast, like I tell her every day."
The 10-year-old describes the driver as white, with brown hair and a slight moustache. She believes he is in his early 20s.
His nose is pierced through the middle (through the septum), and he wore a piece of jewelry through it that looked like a bull ring.
Norfolk Police Department had additional officers patrolling near the school at the end of the school day Thursday.
Click here to see the letter school officials sent home to parents informing them of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.