The Buffalo Police Department is investigating an attempted child abduction.
According to a press release from the department, at around 11 a.m. Thursday, a 12-year-old girl was walking southbound on Western Avenue near Angus Street when a truck pulled over to her and the driver reached out and grabbed her by the arm.
The victim described the driver as a white man, with blond arm hair and a colored tattoo on his forearm.
The victim described the vehicle as a dark blue or black pickup truck that was low to the ground. The pickup bed was a short box and there was a small tree or shrub in the pickup box. The victim said there was a green baseball cap on the dash. The state of the license plate is unknown.
In a statement, the department said there will be a heavy police presence in the school zones today with additional assistance provided by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.
In a separate statement, Meadowlark Elementary School Principal Laurie Graves notified parents that after the school received the police alert, the school "went into a 'stay put.'... This means that students are in their respective classrooms unless they are transitioning to a specials class or in need of the restroom. Nobody is allowed outside the school building."
Graves wrote that at dismissal today, parents are to walk to their child's teacher and check their child out. Buses will run as normal and extra duty staff will be attending those students prior to loading.
Anyone with information about the truck or driver is asked to call Officer McCarter with the Buffalo Police Department — 307-684-5581.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information is made available.