DENVER -- Inside the fenced playground at Cesar Chavez Academy, students at recess laugh and play. But what one group of young girls reportedly saw happen outside the fence Thursday afternoon has left staff and parents on edge.
“We saw a van pull up out of nowhere and we were curious cause there was a girl on the sidewalk,” a 9-year old girl said.
The girl spoke exclusively with FOX31 Denver saying while playing, she and her friends noticed a man in a white panel van.
“He was like tall, kind of tall and he was bald and he had a black shirt, black pants and black shoes,” she said.
She said they watched as the man got out of the van and grabbed the young girl as she walked down Tennyson Street.
“He pushed her and he grabbed a piece of the duct tape and he pushed her in the van,” she said.
The girl said the man put duct tape over the girl's mouth before forcing her in the van’s back doors.
“She was trying to push his hands away and trying to get out,” the girl said.
Scared, the girl said she ran to tell her teacher, then to the officer where school staff called police.
“We are looking at all the cameras in the area. We are looking at businesses in the area. We are doing our due diligence to see that this actually did occur, what happened, and is it a mistaken situation or what this might be,” Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson said.
While administrators accounted for every child in school, investigators canvassed the area. Despite no reports of a missing child, police say they continue to take the girl's account seriously.
“We are going to do our due diligence to make sure this did not happen, that there is not a child who is missing or that was forced into a vehicle so we are taking this very seriously,” Jackson said.
The young girl said she just did what she’s always been taught.
“She told us if you ever see something like that always tell us an adult and never be afraid because its always the right thing to do,” she said.