Man attempts abduction in Westlake



Parents in the Conejo Valley are on high alert after a man allegedly attempted to abduct a Westlake High student after school Oct. 2.

Conejo Valley Unified District officials said a man with a bushy beard and bald head tried to kidnap a female student at the corner of Townsgate and Triunfo Canyon roads around 4 p.m. Monday. He was described as wearing black jeans, a maroon or purple shirt and Vans sneakers.

According to the district, the man was driving an older white Range Rover with a sticker that makes it appear as though a baseball is breaking through the glass on the front passenger window.

Police said the man tried to force the student into his car, but she was able to escape.

Principal Jason Branham notified the WHS community of the incident via email early Monday evening. The district later sent out an email notification to all parents.

Branham declined to share the victim’s age. He told The Acorn he believes it was an isolated incident.

While the Conejo Valley is an exceptionally safe community, he said, the area is not immune to crime and simple preventive measures should be taken.

“Safety is the No. 1 thing here,” he said. “If kids are walking home, try to have a friend or companion around.”

The districtwide notice urged parents to speak with their children about safety and what they should do if they are approached by someone they do not know.

Anyone with information about the attempted kidnapping or who might have witnessed something should call the Thousand Oaks Police Department at (805) 494-8200.