Crime Report: Possible abduction attempt investigated by Rec Center

— Ashley Mackin

Responding to concerns from parents over a possible juvenile abduction attempt at the La Jolla Rec Center last week,

La Jolla Light

contacted the Rec Center and San Diego Police Department for information about the incident.

A representative from the Rec Center, having not witnessed the event, said there were several versions of the story brought to their attention. Some parents report a man tried to take a four-year-old boy into the Rec Center men’s restroom. Other reports to Rec Center staff indicate one of two conflicting scenarios — 1) a young boy was entering the women’s restroom and the suspected person showed him to the men’s room instead, 2) the boy was in the men’s room and the man in question helped him wash his hands by lifting him up to the sink.

Police did not respond by deadline to verify the suspect’s account of what happened.

Rec Center staff advise visitors not approach or touch other people’s children, regardless of intention. The staff also said the man was questioned by police who ran his record, finding no prior criminal activity.

Rec Center staff said they woud continue to observe the man should he return to the center.

Police Blotter

Nov. 8

■ Possession of a controlled substance, 7500 block Girard Avenue, 4:05 p.m.

Nov. 13

■ Petty theft/larceny, 200 block Prospect Street, 5 p.m.

Nov. 15

■ Petty theft/larceny, 6800 block Neptune Place, 9 a.m.

Nov. 16

■ Residential burglary, 5200 block La Jolla Boulevard, 9 p.m.

■ Vehicle break-in/theft, 700 block Genter Street, 10 p.m.

Nov. 18

■ Residential burglary, 1000 block Genter Street, 4:11 a.m.

— To report a non-emergency crime, contact San Diego Police Department Northern Division: (858) 552-1700 or e-mail