Arroyo Grande police are investigating a report from two fifth-grade students that a man driving a white van followed them while they walked to school this morning.
One of the Harloe Elementary School students said he was walking westbound on Cerro Vista Circle approaching Alpine Street at 8 a.m. when he noticed a van following him at a slow speed.
The student later said that when he stopped walking, the driver of the van also stopped and stared in his direction, according to a news release from police Cmdr. John Hough.
The student said he started to run, reaching the intersection of South Rena Street and Dodson Way, where he usually meets another student. Both boys ran together toward the intersection of South Halcyon Road and Dodson Way, with the van continuing to follow them, Hough said.
The students eventually ran to the parking lot of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, and noticed the driver of the van head southbound on Halycon Road.
The students continued to the elementary school and reported the incident to school staff, Hough said.
The students described the van as a white, full-size panel van with no rear windows. The driver, and the van’s only visible occupant, was described as a man in his mid-30s to early 40s and with a small goatee. He was wearing a blue baseball cap and green shirt.
Police distributed the information to surrounding police agencies, school district officials and private schools in the area. Anyone with additional information can contact police at 473-5100.