On March 16, 2016, a female Azusa High School student was walking to school in the area of First Street and Azusa Avenue. As she was walking, Adam Schumm, tried to grab the student and pull her to his vehicle. The student was able to get away from Schumm, and she continued to walk to the school. Even though she had gotten away from Schumm, he drove along side the student and tried to speak with her. When the student looked towards Schumm, she saw he had exposed his penis.
The student quickly snapped a photo of Schumm's vehicle and license plate number, which caused him to quickly leave the area. Once the student arrived at school, the Azusa Police Department's School Resource Officer, was notified what happened. The officer completed an initial investigation and the department's detective bureau was immediately notified.
Since Schumm was aggressive and persistent during this crime, there was great concern among the detectives. They began working leads and conducted lengthy surveillances in an attempt to get Schumm off the streets. Thankfully, Schumm was arrested in less than 48 hours. Further investigation revealed Schumm may have committed similar crimes in other local cities. Our detectives are working with other agencies to determine if Schumm is in fact responsible for those crimes.
The detectives presented this case to the district attorney's office. The district attorney's office filed multiple counts of indecent exposure and attempted kidnapping against Schumm. There is the potential that Schumm could face 8 years prison and be mandated to register as a sex offender.
Tips For Students and Parents
This incident is a good reminder for both students and parents to review some simple steps they can take to ensure their safety while walking to and from school, such as:
- When possible, walk with a friend
- Do not text or "surf" the web on your mobile device while walking. Be aware of your surroundings and individuals nearby
- Do not approach any vehicle when an occupant is asking questions. The closer you are, the easier it is to be grabbed
- Do not walk in dimly lit, secluded, infrequently traveled areas
- If you use headphones to listen to music, lower the volume so you can hear someone approaching you from behind
- Look at your reflection when walking past vehicles and windows. You want to see if anyone is silently walking closely behind you
- Make sure to notify your family or friends which route you will be taking, and your estimated time leaving and arriving
- Wear bright clothing so you can be seen clearly in both the day and night time hours
- If you believe someone is going to do something to you, or you feel your safety is in jeopardy, make alot of noise and draw attention to yourself
- Always report suspicious people and/or vehicles to your friends, family or law enforcement