Akron police detectives Wednesday scoured businesses in East Akron searching for security cameras that may have captured video of a van used in the reported abduction of an 11-year-old girl walking home from school the day before.

The girl told police a man plucked her off a street after she left David Hill Community Learning Center on East Archwood Avenue Tuesday. She said the man, a stranger, put her into a black van and dropped her off a few blocks away on South Arlington Street near East Wilbeth Road.

The girl was not injured, police said

There have been no similar reports of other child abductions or attempts in Akron, police said.

On Wednesday, as detectives tried to hone in on a suspect, Akron police increased patrols in the neighborhood and worked with Akron Public School officials on stepping up security, Capt. David Laughlin said Wednesday.

“Anyone who sees anything they think is suspicious, share it with police,” Laughlin said. “Don’t hesitate to call about something.”

The mother of the girl abducted, called the Beacon Journal Wednesday hoping to spread the word about what happened to her daughter so that other parents will be more watchful.

According to the mom, this is what happened:

The girl was talking to her grandmother on a mobile phone while walking home.

A man grabbed the girl from behind. At the same time, he covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream.

The man threw the girl into the passenger side of a black van and drove off.

Inside the van, the girl began screaming. The man also was yelling, but the girl didn’t understand what he was saying because she was screaming so loud, the girl’s mom said.

The man dropped off the girl on South Arlington Street near East Wilbeth Road.

“He stopped ... and said, ‘Get out. If you tell anybody, I’ll kill you and rape you,’ ” the mom said.

“I don’t know why he let her go.”

The girl told police the man who took her was white, in his 30s and wearing a navy blue shirt and black shorts. She said the black van he drove had no windows on its sides and possibly tinted windows in the front and back.

The mother added that the back of the van was filled with tires, dirty clothes, tennis shoes and school uniforms.

On Wednesday, Akron Public Schools notified parents and guardians of students at David Hill school about what happened in phone calls and letters. Even though police and schools have increased security, officials urged parents and children to be extra cautious and to report any sightings of the suspect or the van.

What should children do if they feel threatened?

If they are near a school, run there and find a teacher, Laughlin said. If a child is closer to a business, run inside and find an employee and ask for help.

If a child can’t run, he said, scream and keep screaming to draw attention to what’s happening.

The girl who reported being abducted Tuesday didn’t let the frightening event keep her out of class. Her mother said she returned to school Wednesday and was doing OK.

The girl’s mother, however, was shaken.

“I’m hollow,” she said. “I just don’t know.”

If you have information about the case or suspect your child has been followed, call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2492.

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @agarrettABJ. Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.