Dad Asks Neighbors To Stay Vigilant

A dad pleads with neighbors to watch out for two strange men. He told 11 News they tried to lure his daughter into their SUV. It happened Friday night on Sausalito Drive that’s near Fillmore and Hancock.

Matthew Bergland said he and his daughter were out in their front yard, he was just a few feet away, when he heard his little girl screaming for him.

"That's sending chills down your spine, that's the worst thing you could ever ask for because that's the worst thing you could ever ask for because that is my daughter. That is the only thing I hold dear to most in this world," Bergland said.

Bergland told us he was locking up the gate to the side of their home when two men pulled up in a Ford Explorer. His 5-year-old daughter was less than 10 feet away.

He said one of the men got out of the truck and told the little girl to get in the car, twice. That's when his daughter yelled out for him. Bergland said because he was behind a tree, he believes the men didn't know he was there.

Once he confronted the men, he said they quickly drove off. Now, he's hoping this can be an example for other neighborhoods to work together to keep kids safe.

"You know I could be on camera asking for somebody to be looking for her right now so I'd rather have parents looking for these guys and it's not just these guys it's just anybody in general. Keep your eyes out. Be thankful for what you have and I'm thankful my daughter is fine tonight," Bergland said.

Here's a description of the SUV the men were driving, Bergland described it as a gray, two-door, Ford Explorer, possibly a late 90's or early 2000's model.

He said one man is white with a shaved head and little bit of facial hair. He believes that man is in his late 20’s or 30’s. He said the second man is Hispanic, stocky, with a goatee chin strap. He's about 5’4”- 5’6” and possibly in his mid 30’s.

If you have any information about this incident or about the suspects, call police, (719) 634-STOP.


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