May 25, 2011 in City

Girl outsmarts van driver in luring incident


A quick-thinking Mead girl walking home from school Tuesday scared off a man who tried to lure her into his van, police say.

The 14-year-old Northwood Middle School student told a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy she was walking in the area of North Pittsburg Street and East Farwell Road about 2:35 p.m. when she heard a vehicle slowing down. The girl saw a blue, full-size van with tinted windows, some scratches in the paint and no license plates.

The driver, a white male in his mid-20s to 30s, was wearing sunglasses and a boonie-style hat. The girl told Deputy Matt Spink she did not see any passengers.

The driver asked if he could give her a ride home, and she replied “no” and continued walking. The van kept pacing her and the man repeatedly asked the girl to get in, that she would be safe with him, the sheriff’s department said.

The girl told Spink she pulled her calculator from her backpack and pretended to dial as if it were a cell phone. The van drove off westbound on Farwell to Hastings.

The girl went home and called her father to report the incident. Deputies looked in the area for the van but did not find it.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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