Spokane Police Department Press Release:
Spokane Police would like the public to be aware of several recent possible child luring incidents that have occurred in the city in the past week. These incidents have been in close proximity to schools and parks. They may or may not be related, but the Spokane Police Department would like the public to be aware of the increase in activity.
The Spokane Police Department has received four reports of different possible attempted luring incidents involving children in the past seven days. These were reported as follows:
- 9-19-13 at 9:00am. Jefferson Elementary. Tall male, 175-180lbs, in his 40's wearing dark hat and red/white windbreaker called over to a 6 year old student and asked him to come with him. Mom saw the interaction and stepped in.
- 09-19-13 at 9:30am. Audubon Elementary. Grey pickup pulling a trailer pulled up to a 6th grade student and asked them questions and gave them chocolate. Suspect was described as a black male with a bald head. Two other males were in the vehicle.
- 9-24-13. Couer D'Alene Park. Male in white RV with tinted windows offered child candy to get into his RV. Suspect described as white male in his 50's, white curly hair, wearing a black sweatshirt and black pants.
- 9-25-13 at 3:15-3:30pm. Oak St between Liberty and Garland. Light blue 80's full size van has been seen driving slowly in area when kids get out of school. Has been seen on several different dates.
Spokane Police would like to remind citizens to talk to their children about safety involving strangers. Particularly:
- Do not talk to strangers. Have a frank talk with your children about who is a stranger and who they can trust.
- Talk to your children about how to handle dangerous situations. One way is to teach them, "No, Go, Yell, Tell." The child should say no, run away, yell as loud as they can and then tell a trusted adult what happened right away.
- Do not accept candy or any gift from a stranger.
- Never help a stranger search for anything, even if it's a lost puppy.