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Child luring incident prompts police warning

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies today issued a caution for children and parents in the vicinity of Mountain View Elementary School after a 13-year-old boy was confronted by a masked man while walking home Wednesday evening.

The boy reported that a man in a newer, dark green, full-sized, four-door Ford pickup asked the boy to approach the truck, but the student ran instead. The driver chased the boy a short distance but then left the area. The suspect was wearing a dark ski mask with holes for the eyes and mouth.

The incident, which occurred about 5 p.m. in the 6000 block of North Chase Road, is being investigated as a child luring incident, said Sgt. Dave Reagan, sheriff’s spokesman.

Parents and children are being asked to use caution and for parents to talk to their kids about how to avoid the danger of being lured by a stranger, Reagan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

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