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Men in white van attempt to kidnap boy, Sacramento police report

Sacramento police said that two men in a white van tried to kidnap a student from at Land Park-area school.

A police spokeswoman said that the student was on the way to school about 9 a.m. Thursday when a white Kia Sedona van pulled up alongside at Third Street and Seavey Circle. School officials said the student attended Leataata Floyd Elementary School nearby.

A passenger in the van got out and tried to pull the boy inside. However, the student broke free.

Witnesses observed what police are initially labeling an attempted kidnapping. Officers are trying to sort through the incident’s circumstances.

“We are treating it as an attempted kidnapping right now,” said Officer Linda Matthew, police spokeswoman. “We don’t know if there is a relation between the suspects and the victim.”

Sacramento City Unified School District issued a text and audio telephone warning to parents in the district about the incident.

A notice to parents said that the students reported seeing a handgun. Spokeswoman Maria Lopez said the suspects immediately drove off when parents approached them.

“The students are safe,” the warning said. “Sacramento Police and school resource officers are on the scene and investigating.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews