Police arrest man for attempting to lure boy

April 13, 2010

By Staff

Issaquah Police arrested a 19-year-old Issaquah man April 10 after police said he tried to lure a boy into a bookstore restroom.

Police said the man had acted inappropriately near the 11-year-old boy at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1530 11th Ave. N.W. Barnes & Noble employees said the suspect had been escorted from the store twice, but remained on the walkway outside.

Officers determined the man had twice attempted to lure the boy into the store restroom. Police said the man might have been waiting outside the store for the boy to exit. Deputy Police Chief Steve Cozart said the man had passed notes to the boy. The boy or his father then reported the activity to store employees. Officers arrived at about 9:45 p.m.

Officers arrived as the boy and his father left the store. Cozart said officers then interviewed the boy and his father.

Police located the suspect outside as his family members continued to shop inside the store.

Police booked the man into the King County Jail for child luring and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

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