SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department is requesting aid from the public to identify a woman who attempted to convince a student of Roosevelt Elementary School to leave with her. The incident occurred on Thursday, August 23, the first day of classes for all schools in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.
The SMPD indicated that between 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., following the school’s dismissal, a woman approached the seven-year-old student who was waiting to be picked up by her mother near the 9th street gate of the school. The student watched closely as the female walked directly to a black SUV, which was parked against the curb on 9th street. She was last seen driving southbound 9th Street. The vehicle had an emblem with four interlocking rings on the rear. This description most likely describes an Audi SUV.
The woman, who authorities believe to be in her 30s is around 5 feet to 5 feet and 4 inches tall, with short black hair (in a ponytail), darker tone skin, wearing a pink button-down long sleeve shirt, white skirt, brown beaded necklace and a British or Australian accent.
Anyone with information is asked to contact School Resource Officer Robert Sparks at (310) 458-8947, Sergeant Frank Marnell at (310) 458-8939, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at (310) 458-2249.