Elementary Students Escape Man With Knife

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

It was a scary confrontation for two kids walking home from school.

Two Audubon Elementary School students were approached by a man with a knife on the 2300 block of East Van Buren, who demanded that they give him money. The kids saw him holding a small pocket knife, and ran away.

"I thank God because I hate to think of what could have been," the mother of one of the kids, who did not want to be identified, said. "I could be without my daughter today, and I really want these people caught because I don't feel like my children are safe or I am safe."

The suspect has been described as a 40-year-old Hispanic man, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 with a medium build, sporting a slight goatee. He was wearing a black beanie, and a white and black jacket at the time of the incident.

"Obviously, I'm going to try my best to be here every day to pick her up,” the mother said. “I honestly thought I would never have to worry about a fifth grader, but now as a parent...I am more concerned. I am going to be here as much as she needs me. I'm contemplating getting a cell phone for her so she can call me if need be."

Police say the suspect left the area in a white pick-up, in which he was a passenger. Another Hispanic man was driving the vehicle. The truck may have been pulling a black trailer.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police, or call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.


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  • by Bree Location: The West on Oct 22, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    The flying monkeys are here!
  • by SarahtheRighteous Location: BHB on Oct 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM
    Does anyone else think this story seems fishy? I think the kids overheard the guys talking about using a knife for cutting a moving box open and ran home. The mother probably blew it out of proportion to the point where she can't turn back. Poor Hispanics being targeted.
  • by Kate Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 21, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Your regular style of journalism is termed "yellow journalism". You sensationalize in order to attract viewers. The mom said that she did not want to be identified, yet your camera person followed her and her children as she walked them home, and then, you chose to air that footage on television. Shame on you! This event causes concern in the neighborhood, as it should, but you need to do a better job of respecting people's requests to not be identified. Your news station does not report the news, it sensationalizes the news. No wonder I turn to another station regularly for balanced coverage.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM
    How pathetic, not only does he try to rob little kids, but they even got away!
  • by Patti Cau Location: United States on Oct 20, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    On the kids that escaped from a stranger with knife, please tell the parents to have the children scream, FIRE!" as people will pay attention to that and not think that the kids are playing. This goes for anyone in a dangerous situation. I learned this advice in a hospital from victims of violence. It is good advice from a person who comes from a small 100,000 person city in Southern California. I also heard it on TV as a precaution for people in a violent situation.
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