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PT Police look for attempting luring suspect

October 11th, 2013 - 6:22am

(Port Townsend) -- A second attempted luring case in the past week has been reported in the area of Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend.

Police says at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, an 11-year-old Port Townsend girl was riding her bicycle on San Juan Avenue about six blocks south of the school.

She says a white van pulled into the bicycle lane, blocking her path.

The driver rolled down the passenger-side window and told the girl her mother instructed him to give her a ride to school.

The girl, thinking quickly, asked the man what her motherís name was.

When the man could not answer the question the girl quickly rode her bicycle away to the school.

The white van had three windows down the side and two on the back doors.

There may have been a large dog in the back of the van.

The man appeared to the girl to be in his 50's.

He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt low over his face. He had no visible facial hair, but had a pierced nose.

The 11-year-old girl did not initially report this incident to an adult.

She told a friend at school who in turn notified his parents, causing a delay in the release of the information.

Port Townsend Police Department officers have patrolled the area of Blue Heron and other locations juveniles gather in search of information on this case.

At this time the investigation of this incident, and a similar event reported last week, is continuing.

In the prior incident, an 11-year-old boy reported October 2nd that he was approached on a trail in the area of Haines and 33nd streets.

The boy said an older male with white facial hair offered him some candy.

The suspicious man was missing his front teeth. He wore a blue baseball cap with green writing, a dirty white T-shirt and dirty blue jeans.

According to the boy, the man was driving a white full-size van that had no windows.

After initial reports of that incident were released, a 13-year-old girl came forward and reported a man in a white van approached her off Umatilla Avenue last spring and offered a ride to the highway.

Anybody with information in any of these incidents is asked to call Detective Devin McBride at (360) 390-8938.


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