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Parents, police stress stranger danger after two kidnapping attempts

By Eric Turcio, Reporter, eturcio@ktvm.com
Published On: Mar 04 2013 06:35:21 PM MST
Updated On: Mar 04 2013 06:43:37 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman Police have beefed up patrols at area elementary schools after a pair of suspected kidnapping attempts last month.

A man in a black pickup reportedly approached a child near Irving Elementary on Wednesday night. The child fled and called police.

Police have been working to find the suspect.

"We've heightened patrol around the schools," said Captain Steve Crawford.

Crawford told NBC Montana they're working with other agencies, including the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and MSU Police to try to track the man down.

We wanted to know how parents felt. Jessica Tallman told us she has used social media to alert other parents.

"I did the Facebook thing. All of my friends know to watch out for your children," said Tallman.

Parents at Irving Elementary told us it's important to help share information with other parents and educate children about strangers.

"They are your kids. You can't replace them," Tallman explained.

Other parents say incidents like these help them teach their own kids about the possible dangers from people they don't know.

Police describe the man as over six feet tall with a mustache and tan complexion. The vehicle is a black, full-sized 4x4 with four doors.

If you think you know the vehicle or suspect please call the police.