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Police: Man tried to abduct child near Franconia school

Island Creek Elementary School on Morning View Lane (via Google Maps)

The Fairfax County Police Department has bolstered its presence in Franconia today (Wednesday) after a man reportedly tried to abduct a child near Island Creek Elementary School yesterday.

The encounter occurred at 4:15 p.m. when a 10-year-old was walking on Morning View Lane to get to a playground, police said:

A suspect, described as a black man, 40-years-old, 6’1”, thin and bald, was reported to have grabbed the victim by the arm. The child was able to pull away and quickly run back to the school. The suspect was wearing a gray shirt, blue jeans and had a black backpack.

Officers with the assistance of our K9 and helicopter searched the area, but the man was not found. Detectives are continuing to investigate, and our Franconia District officers will have an increased presence in the neighborhood.

Fairfax County Public Schools had no comment, stating that the case is being handled by the police.

This spring, the FCPD investigated incidents in Reston and Lorton where “suspicious” buses had tried to pick up children at school bus stops. Detectives later determined that no criminal activity had occurred, as both vehicles were in the area for “normal business.”

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