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Man in van causes alarm at school

Police investigating incident near Los Cerros Middle School

A student walking home from Los Cerros Middle School recently reported that an unknown male in a white van followed him part of the way home from school.

Danville Police Lt. Mark Williams said they received a call from the student's parent shortly after 3 p.m., Friday, Sept 4, reporting the incident. According to the report, the young man was walking home from school in the Cameo Acres neighborhood when he noticed the white van slowly following him up the street.

The young man used his cell phone to contact his father, who directed the youth to go directly to a neighbor's home. The parent then called police.

A squad car dispatched to the scene did not locate the van. The student described the driver as a white male wearing a red hat. A second person was sitting in the front seat, but the youth was unable to provide a description.

Police notified the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and a notice was sent home to parents in the area to inform them of the occurrence and warn students to be wary of strange vehicles in their neighborhoods.

The incident reported is similar to one that occurred recently in Pleasant Hill. Danville police investigators are working with Pleasant Hill authorities to determine if they could be the same person or persons.

Williams lauded the youth's actions in immediately contacting one of his parents.

"He did exactly the right thing," he said. "Under no circumstances should you get in a car or follow a stranger."

Authorities suggest that parents establish a code word with their children in the event that someone else will be picking them up. Parents are urged to have good communication with the schools in such incidents and keep both students and teachers informed if there is a change in plans.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2009 at 8:12 pm

If we see these guys, they're gonna catch a beating


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Posted by Sick O'Rick
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I doubt if many white vans come down into your parents' basement. But who knows? I'm sure white is the only color you allow down there.


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Posted by Sick O'Rick
a resident of Danville
on Sep 15, 2009 at 12:41 am

The only thing I'm defending is a person's right to due process. If a reactionary little punk like yourself sees a white van driving slowly through a neighborhood you'll decide that you are the police. Guess what? You're not. If you drag someone out of a car and beat them up, you are no worse than the worst criminal you scream about on here.

If you see such a van doing anything suspicious, take down a license number and call a cop. All your rambo posturing would do is get someone hurt or killed and probably the wrong person.

This isn't Halo or Call to Duty or any of the other x-box games. It's real life with real consequences. Report the person and they may go to jail. Attack them and they drive away to menace someone else's neighborhood.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Danville
on Sep 15, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Calling the cops does not always get a response. I saw two guys in a junker rolling in my area at 4:30 A.M. one morning on my way to work. I called the cops and they asked if I saw them doing anything. The answer was no since I was following them. The police would not send a car, I followed them thru the area till they found the way out and got back on 680. They were up to no good and just a cop stopping them would send a message. They had an out light and thats all the cops need to make a stop. The cops could not be botherd that day. The dispatcher failed at her job and failed the citizens that day. Whats going to really happen to bad guys, get a lecture from a judge, visit with friends and be out in a few days or weeks. Did you also know that Alamo and Danville are easy places for people to make quick money? Thats the word from Martinez, they come straight here when they get out to get items to sell and get back to their old ways. Who knows what the guys were doing in the van, that could have been nothing but the kid was alert and that is good.


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Posted by details
a resident of Danville
on Sep 17, 2009 at 11:22 am

Master, I hope you are out there.

Bummer, they locked the other thread about our schools. I was hoping you could help me find out who is suing the district and more specifically one of the elementary school principals. Can you help? I've search the web, but haven't been able to find any details. One thing I can't stand is hearing word of month rumors. I want facts.


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