Police are investigating several recent possible child luring attempts that have happened across Spokane in the last week in the vicinity of schools and parks.
During the last week there were four reports of luring attempts, the Spokane Police Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon. It's not known if any of the incidents were related.
Wednesday there was a luring report on Oak Street between Liberty and Garland. A light blue 1980s full size van has been spotted driving slowly in the area when children are getting out of school. The van has been spotted in the area on several different dates.
On Tuesday, a male in a white RV with tinted windows offered a child some candy to get into his RV at Coeur d'Alene Park. The suspect was described as a white man in his 50s with white curly hair and was wearing a black sweatshirt and black pants.
On September 19, a man called out to a six-year-old student at Jefferson Elementary and asked him to come with him. The student's mom saw what was happening and intervened. The suspect was described as a man in his 40s, approximately 175 to 180 pounds, and was wearing a dark hat and a red and white windbreaker.
Also on September 19 at 9:30 a.m. a man driving a grey pickup truck pulling a trailer pulled up to a 6th grade student at Audubon Elementary School and began asking that student questions and gave them some chocolate. The suspect was described as a black male with a bald head and two other men were in the pickup with him.
The police department asked that parents talk to their children about safety around strangers, especially being mindful to:
- 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.