Campus police say a young boy was almost kidnapped on the Montana State University campus Tuesday night.
A Bozeman Police Department school resource officer notified MSU police of the attempted kidnapping on Wednesday.
The officer said an elementary school-aged boy living in Family and Graduate Housing was approached by a man in a black pickup truck at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday near the boy’s Paisley Court home.
Police said the man tried to get the boy into his truck by saying, “Hey you, come over here. I’ll give you a ride home.” The child refused and the truck fled the area.
The man in the truck was described as more than 6 feet tall with a mustache and tan complexion. The truck was a full-sized, four-door, 4x4 black pickup truck.
In a similar incident on Feb. 5, an elementary school girl said she was approached near Hyalite Elementary by a man in a black pickup truck. The man asked the girl to get into the truck, but she refused and ran to a crossing guard.
“We don’t know whether it’s the same person, but we’re operating on the assumption that they are for now,” said MSU Police Chief Robert Putzke.
Putzke said all students, staff and faculty members at MSU have been notified of the incident via the university’s email alert system. Officers are also putting fliers in dorm common areas and on residences in Family and Graduate Housing near where the incident occurred.
“We think communication is one of the best tools in our arsenal,” he said. “Knowing what happened is the first defense.”
Putzke also said officers are increasing patrols around campus, especially around Family and Graduate Housing and the two daycare centers.
Anyone with information on these incidents should contact the MSU Police Department at 994-2121.