The Spokane Police Department has responded to four incidents of child luring in the last week, all near schools or parks. It is unknown if the incidents are related.
On Sept. 19 at 9 a.m., a man called out to a six-year-old near Jefferson Elementary School, asking the boy to come with him, according to a news release. The boy’s mother stepped in. The man is described as tall, between 175 and 180 pounds. He is in his 40s and was last seen wearing a dark hat and a red and white windbreaker.
At 9:30 a.m. that same morning at Audobon Elementary School, a grey pickup truck pulling a trailer pulled up to a sixth grader. The suspect asked spoke to the student then gave them chocolate. He is described as a black male with no hair. Two other men were in the car.
On Tuesday at Coeur d’Alene Park, a male in a white RV with tinted windows offered a child candy if he got into his RV. The suspect is a white male in his 50s with white curly hair. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and black pants.
On Wednesday at about 3:15 p.m., a man in a light blue 80s model van was seen driving slowly in the area of Oak Street between Liberty Avenue and Garland Avenue as kids leave school. He’s been seen on several occasions in the area.
Spokane police reminds parents to talk with their children about how to avoid dangerous situations, including the “No, Go, Yell, Tell” technique. If a child is approached by a stranger, they should say no, run away, yell as loudly as possible then tell a trustworthy adult what happened.
Police ask that if you see a child luring in progress to call 911 or Crime Check at 509-456-2233 with information about past incidents.