Cops Investigate Likely Child Abduction Attempt in Hudson Valley
A man driving an empty school bus in the Hudson Valley allegedly approached a young student and tried to get her to go onto the bus.
A Titusville student reported that an unknown “big” yellow bus approached her at her bus stop located at Shadybrook Trailer Park/Old Manchester Road in Poughkeepsie, on Wednesday.
The bus was empty, besides the driver, and the driver motioned for the student to get onto the bus.
The student described the bus as having wide black stripes and the number 83 on it. The bus also had dark colored tape covering what appeared to be a school district name. The student noticed the front of the bus was different from Arlington Central School District buses and the windows were not tinted.
The bus driver is described as being a bald dark skinned man between 5’8” and 5’11” tall.
The bus drove off after the student refused to get on the bus. The incident was witnessed by the girl's mother and older sister, according to a letter from the Arlington Central School District's superintendent.
The student's principal learned about the alleged incident Thursday afternoon and called the School Resource Officer who interviewed the student and her family.
The Arlington Central School District posted about the incident on their Facebook and one person commented about seeing a similar looking bus on Route 22 in Dover. The Arlington Central School District responded and said they've contacted surrounding school districts about the bus, but urges anyone who thinks they see or have seen the bus to call the police.
The Dutchess County Sherriff’s is investigating and continuing to monitor the situation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Dutchess County Sherriff’s office at 486-3800.
The school district also suggests everyone remind their children that school buses will always be clearly marked and the bus driver should have proper identification.