Covington police investigating attempted child abduction

District increasing adult and police presence
Posted at 5:56 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 12:34:37-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Police are investigating reports of a suspicious man who may have attempted to abduct a child.

One girl reported that the man attempted to take her by grabbing her arm while in near Sixth District Elementary School, police said. She was able to kick the man, scream and run to safety; she was not injured.

Police also received a report of a suspicious person near John G. Carlisle Elementary School.

Based off witness descriptions, police are looking for a man in his 30s with blonde hair. He may have a black older model vehicle or may ride a bicycle around schools in the mornings.

"We take this matter very seriously and wish to ensure the parents of our community that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our children," police said in a news release.

Covington Independent Schools sent a letter to all district families explaining the reported incident and investigation. Covington schools are increasing adult supervision at recess and had requested increased police presence at arrival and dismissal, according to spokeswoman Debra Vance.

Police asked that anyone with information call Detective Nick Klaiss at 859-292-2375.