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King Middle School reports suspicious activity after spate of attempted child abductions in Berkeley

Two boys walking home from King Middle School on Monday, April 4, reported suspicious activity from a man in a parked car at Colusa Avenue near Marin Avenue. Image: Google Maps Two Berkeley middle schoolers escaped a possible attempted child abduction Monday after a man in a parked car beckoned them to come over and said he […]

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Malcolm X school tells community about possible child abduction attempt

A student at Malcolm X Elementary School may have been involved in a child abduction attempt. Photo: Malcolm X UPDATE, March 17: Berkeley police issued a Nixle alert at around 12:45 p.m. with regard to the possible child abduction attempt described below. The alert details what the 9-year-old student says happened, and says the driver of the […]

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Berkeley police use license plate reader in kidnapping attempt investigations

A trailer with a license plate reader has been set up at Willard Middle School. Photo: Citizen reporter Authorities have set up a trailer with “license plate technology” at Willard Middle School to help with an investigation into five child abduction attempts in Berkeley since September. An astute Berkeleyside reader noticed the trailer outside Willard last […]

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Berkeley Police announce 2 more child abduction attempts; new vehicle description

There were three child abduction attempts near Willard Middle School in September. Photo: Nancy Rubin Authorities have released an updated vehicle description and more information about five child abduction attempts in Berkeley over the past month, including two that had not previously been reported. Berkeley Police Officer Byron White, a department spokesman, said investigators believe the most […]

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Berkeley schools on alert after 2 abduction attempts

It has been reported that three Willard Middle School students were involved in two unsuccessful abduction attempts on the morning of Friday Sept. 18, 2015. Photo: Willard Middle School Berkeley schools, and the local school community, are on alert after reports of two separate attempted abductions Friday morning as students made their way to classes at Willard […]