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Attempted child abductions, lurings

A number of of attempted child abductions and lurings have been reported in the Puget Sound region.

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dairyqueenTACOMA — The principal of Truman Middle School in Tacoma sent a letter to parents Monday about an alleged attempting luring of two students Monday morning.

“Two students reported that they were walking by Dairy Queen … this morning on the way to school at approximately 7:45 a.m.,” Truman principal Justina Johnson wrote in the letter. “Allegedly, a black male, medium to dark tone in his 20s-30s wearing a red sweatshirt with a TMS (Truman Middle School) logo on it and driving a white Honda pulled up to two of our students.

“He told the students he could give them a ride to school. When the students refused, he persisted, telling them to get in the car. The students ran off and the driver pulled away into the Safeway parking lot,” Johnson wrote.

She urged parents to remind their children to use the buddy system and walk in groups, never get in a vehicle with a stranger, never walk alone in the dark, remain on school grounds during school hours and to immediately tell adults about suspicious activities or people.

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09/16/13

Attempted abduction reported in Monroe

copsMONROE — A 16-year-old girl reported Monday that a 20-year-old man tried to abduct her while she was walking home from school, police said.

She “stated the male had grabbed her arm and said ‘come with me,’” a Monroe Police Department news release said. “The victim was able to free herself and ran to her residence and called police. She described the suspect as a 20-year-old white male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds and brown shaggy hair that went down to his eye brows. He was wearing blue jeans and a V-neck black shirt with white writing. She last saw him running towards the roundabout on West Main Street. The victim was not injured.”

The incident happened in the 16900 block of Tester Road in Monroe, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Monroe Police Department at 360-794-6300. Anonymous information may be left on the Department’s tip line at 360-863-4600.

 

SEATTLE — On Monday, a 16-year-old girl reported that a man attempted to abduct her as she was walking to school. She told police she had exited a bus at the Fred Meyer on 183rd Street and Aurora Avenue in Shoreline when the man approached her. Thursday, police released a sketch of the suspect based on the girl’s description of him.

The girl told police that the man was driving an older, blue 4-door sedan which he left running when he tried to grab her. She was able to break free and ran toward the Shorewood High School.

An unknown female adult picked up the girl’s backpack and got it back to the victim. Police are hoping to talk to the woman about the incident.

The suspect is described at a white male who is approximately 60 years old with white hair and he is balding. He had a mustaches and two to three days of beard growth. He is about 6-feet, 3-inches tall and 201 pounds and was wearing a long-sleeve blue dress shirt and khaki dress pants.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.

Suspect

THURSTON COUNTY — Police released the sketch of a man they believe responsible for trying to abduct a 10-year-old girl Sunday in Thurston County.

According to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the girl was taking out the trash in the 700 block of Merkel Way NE in Lacey when she was approached by a Hispanic male in a vehicle. The suspect left his vehicle, grabbed her arm and tried to force the girl into the car. The girl managed to escape his hold and ran back into her house. The suspect drove off, police said.

The girl sustained some minor scratches on her arm but did not need medical attention.

The suspect is described as a younger Hispanic male, 5’8″ tall, skinny build, dark skin and dark buzzed cut hair. He was wearing a baseball hat, t-shirt and dark gray pants. He was driving an older, beat-up Honda type vehicle with dark green paint. He has a dark burn on his face and hazel eyes.

According to the girl, there was another Hispanic male in the passenger seat.

Anyone with information on the suspect is encouarged to call 911 or CrimeStoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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09/10/13

Man exposes himself to 3 girls in West Seattle

WEST SEATTLE — He exposed himself to a group of girls on a school playground in West Seattle and then he disappeared.

girlsParents at West Seattle’s Holy Rosary School can’t believe it has happened so close to home.

“I’ve often wondered if this is more common because there are more predators today or if it seems more common because we’re more aware,” Holy Rosary parent Amy Thorsen said.

And parents and school administrators are even more aware here after what happened Monday.

Police say the man parked his truck, opened the driver’s side door and called out to three 9-year-old girls sitting on the edge of the playground.

“They walked over to the truck and, at some point when they got close enough, were able to see this suspect reclined in the driver’s seat with no pants on and no underwear on,” Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said.

The girls weren’t touched or hurt and ran back inside the school and the man drove away.

“You hope that it doesn’t happen in your neighborhood. You always hear about it, but at the same time I guess it tell us that you always have to be vigilant. You always have to be watching,” Holy Rosary parent Patrick Heidal said.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid to late 20s with short dark hair and a heavy build.

Tuesday afternoon, the school sent out notices to parents alerting them to the incident and reminding them to talk with their kids.

Those we talked to say school officials handled the situation perfectly and kept parents informed.

“I think our school did absolutely the right thing. They let parents know right away that this had happened.  They let us know multiple ways so parents could react appropriately and I think our administration and our leadership here did all the right things,” Holy Rosary parent Sherri Chun said.

The police Sexual Assault Unit is investigating this case.

If the description of the SUV and or the suspect sounds familiar and you can help police find this man, you’re asked to call 911.

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09/10/13

2 attempted abductions on same day puts parents on edge

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.

AmberAlert“Kind of crazy to think that this is something that’s happening outside our school,” William, also a senior, added.

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.

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09/10/13

Attempted child abductions put parents on alert

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SEATTLE — A pair of attempted child abductions has parents on edge around the Northwest.

Police in Lacey are still looking for a suspect who tried to snatch a 10-year-old girl in front of her driveway. Witnesses said the man drove up, got out, and tried to grab her and pull her to his car. The girl fought back and the suspect took off. He’s 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.

Also on Monday in Shoreline, a stranger approached a Shorewood High School student on her way to school on Aurora Avenue and tried to grab her and pull her into his vehicle. She screamed and got away. The suspect is described as a white male, late 50s to early 60s, 6-feet, 3-inches, is balding with white hair and weighs about 210 pounds.

Here is some advice officials are giving to parents and kids to keep themselves safe.

  • Students should not walk to or from school alone, but should walk with a friend
  • If approached by a stranger, the student should run away.
  • If a stranger touches or attempts to grab a student, the child should yell and scream.

LACEY –The attempted abduction happened Sunday evening about 6:30 at the girl’s home in the Thompson Place neighborhood northeast of Lacey.

Like a lot of other youngsters, the 10-year-old girl was doing chores in her own driveway in front of her own home when the man drove up.

driveway“Some guy in a green car pulled up, in the driveway, jumped out and tried to snatch her.  She had some kind of fight with him and he left,” neighbor and family friend Jimmy Burton said.

Burton lives right across the street.

He has two daughters of his own and this makes him very nervous.

“It infuriated me that I have to think that much about where everybody is all the time.  But, you just have to, and it made me mad is what it did,” Burton said.

Police are concerned, too.

They believe the man is dangerous and may try to grab another child if he is not caught .

“Anytime somebody is willing in the daylight hours or any time really but especially like this, come into a neighborhood and try to apprehend a kid is very concerning to us,” Thurston County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady said.

Local school officials are concerned, too.

So much so that early Monday afternoon the district sent out a recorded voice mail message to parents.

The suspect is described as a younger Hispanic man, 5-foot-8 with a skinny build, dark skin, and dark buzz cut.

He was driving an older, beat-up, dark green Honda-type vehicle, possibly a Civic or Corolla, with peeling paint.

Parents say, unfortunately, they are not surprised and this latest attack re-enforces the need for parents everywhere to watch their children even more closely than they do now.

“It’s not that I think this is a bad neighborhood, it’s just kind of a sign of the times, I fear.  It’s like always being on guard even when you’re in what should be your safe place, you know, your home and you’re always on guard,” neighbor Cathy Burton said.

Investigators say they will begin working Tuesday with the girl to see if she can give them enough information for a composite sketch of the suspect.

They believe that, along with the description of the car, will be their best chance of catching this man before he tries to take another child.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

LACEY — Police in Lacey are on the lookout for a man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 10-year-old girl.

It happened at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the 7000 block of Merkel Way NE in Lacey’s Thompson Place neighborhood.

The girl told police she was taking out the trash in her driveway when a man drove into her driveway, got out and grabbed her by the arm.

driveway“Ten-year-old girl was taking the garbage out and a vehicle pulled up into the driveway and the driver got out and grabbed her by the arm and attempted to drag her back toward his vehicle,” Thurston County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady said.

The girl was able to get away and run back into her house.

Police searched the area with no luck and they’re worried the man is still on the loose.

The suspect is described as a young Hispanic man, 5-foot-8 with a skinny build, dark skin, and dark buzz cut.

He was driving an older, beat-up, dark green Honda-type vehicle, with peeling paint.

There was also a second Hispanic male in the passenger seat but the girl was not able to get a good description.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

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