LOVELAND, Colo. - Loveland police are on alert after two men tried to lure a child into their van as she rode her bike home from school. They're also hoping to speak with a teenager who helped the girl when she fell while trying to get away.
The 12-year-old girl, a student at Lucile Erwin Middle School, told police she was riding her bike Monday around 3:30 p.m. when she saw a blue delivery-style van slowing down beside her. The van had a white top and some sort of yellow emblem/writing.
The girl told officers that a man in the passenger seat repeatedly asked her to get in.
"She was frightened, so she rode away," said Sgt. Mike Halloran of the Loveland Police Department.
But during her escape, the girl crashed her bike.
"Right away, a boy in the area came over to assist her because of the crash. He helped her up and then he left," Halloran said.
That was when the van drove off.
"That's the definition of a hero for me," said Amber Meriam, a parent who lives in the Loveland area. "Somebody who does the right thing when they're not asked."
The child rode home and told her father what happened. He called police.
"She said that she was really scared since she has to deal with this now," said Meriam's daughter, Ellyse, a friend of the victim.
Police only have a vague description of the two men in the van. They say the driver was a Hispanic male, 30 - 40 years old, with short black hair. The passenger was a white male, 30 - 40 years old, with shaggy brown hair, a white tank top and a large tattoo on his right shoulder.
Police shared a sketch depicting the passenger Wednesday afternoon.
Parents were notified about this incident through an email from the Thompson School District.
Police are looking for the van. They also want to make contact with the teenager who helped the girl after she fell. They want to ask him if he saw the van, and if so, if he remembers any specific markings or logos.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Loveland Police at 970-962-2231.