Police Seek Man Who Lunged at Girl at Bubb

The man has been described as a heavyset white male adult in his 50's with grey hair who wore a navy blue polo and grey jeans.

Updated at 3:45 p.m. with comments from the Mountain View Whisman School District.

A 50-something-year-old adult white man with grey hair is sought by the police after a report that he lunged at a 9-year-old girl today at Bubb Elementary school.

According to Mountain View Police Department Spokeswoman Liz Wylie, the girl walked back toward her classroom around 8:45 this morning after a bathroom break when she saw a man stretching agaisnt the tether ball pole.

When she got within six feet of him, he lunged towards her and she immediately ran in the other direction. The girl was unharmed. The Bubb School is located at 535 Hans Ave.

Wylie reported that the girl saw the man run through the campus toward Bonita Avenue.

The girl immediately reported the incident to her teacher and the police were called. Despite an exhaustive search, the police could not locate the man.

The man has been described as a heavyset white male adult in his 50's with grey hair who wore a navy blue polo and grey jeans.

Similar incidents happened today in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, however Wylie explained that the MVPD do not think the cases to be related.

"It is important to note this case is not considered to be related to a separate incident in Los Altos and it is not classified as an attempted kidnapping," she said. "It is classified as a suspicious circumstance case."

A buddy system was immediately instituted by the for any student who needed to leave a classroom for any reason and they notified parents of the incident.

"Our District is extremely proud of the student and her decisive response to a dangerous situation," said District Superintendent Craig Goldman. "We are similarly grateful for the outstanding work of the Mountain View Police Department and the Bubb principal and staff, who, on a daily basis, ensure the safety of our students."

Police officers have provided extra presence on campuses as schools let out early due to a minimum day. 

The police department urges parents and the greater community to keep an eye out for this man or any other suspicious person loitering near schools or any place where children congregate.

If anyone sees a man that matches this description they should call the police department immediately at 650-903-3944 regarding this case or for crime prevention tips.  

Alicia C. March 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I hope someone recognizes him and calls it in.
Carolyn Hopkins-Vasquez March 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Sarah Pollock March 30, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I'm glad the girl used her common sense, good for her.
Ingrid McCleary March 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
My daughter works at a school in the same district & they went into semi-lockdown. Scary! Being a teacher has historically been a safe vocation but in the last 2 decades, teachers & students are being put at risk with disturbing frequency.


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