SEATTLE — It’s only a week into the start of the school year, but in Shoreline Shorewood High School students are reacting to an attack on one of their classmates.
“It’s kind of scary,” Lindsey, a senior, said.
Police said a female student got off a Metro bus Monday morning and was walking along Aurora Avenue to school when a stranger approached in a car.
“She said he pulled up in the car, got out of the car, and grabbed a hold of her,” Sgt. Cindi West said. “He tried to pull her toward the car, at which time she fought and basically pulled away and took off running.”
The student is all right and police said the incident is unrelated to a similar attack on Monday of a 10-year-old girl in Lacey. In that case, a man in a green car pulled up, got out of his car, and tried to grab the girl out of her driveway. She was able to fight him off and the suspect got back into his car and left.
It’s a reminder to parents and kids what to do if someone tries to lure them or abduct them. Some local karate classes already put an emphasis on teaching about stranger danger. And with the school year getting under way it’s a good time for parents to talk to their kids about being safe.
“It’s very important to pay attention to your surroundings,” West said. “If something feels funny, then go with your gut instinct and get out of the way.”
Police also said if a stranger tries to touch or grab a student or child, the child should yell and scream. And, finally, try not to walk alone.
Police are looking for the suspects in each of the incidents. The Lacey suspect is described as a younger Hispanic man, 5-feet, 8-inches tall with a skinny build and a buzz cut, driving an older, beat-up, dark green Honda type of vehicle. The suspect in Shoreline is described as a white male, late 50s to early 60s, 6-feet, 3-inches tall, is balding with white hair and weighs about 210 pounds. He was driving an older, blue, four-door vehicle.