Men may have attempted to lure student from Discovery Elementary School into truck

February 14, 2012

By Staff

An incident of alleged child luring may or may not have been a false alarm, said Sgt. Cindi West, public information officer for the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials put out a warning just in case, West said Feb. 13.

Two men tried to lure a local fifth-grader into a truck at about 2:40 p.m. Feb. 8, Issaquah School District officials said.

The student was walking home from Discovery Elementary School when a truck approached him on Southeast 20th Street just west of 228th Avenue Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau, said Sara Niegowski, district executive director of communications.

Two men inside the truck reportedly waved to the student, pulled the vehicle over and then motioned for the student to come closer, Niegowski said in a press release.

When the student walked away, the truck reportedly began to follow. When the student pulled out a cellphone, the truck drove away. The student immediately returned to school and informed staff members, Niegowski said.

The incident may not fit the criteria of a child luring case, West said. The men may have been waving to the student or asking for directions, she said.

The student described the vehicle as an off-white landscaping truck with a tool rack with shovels and rakes in the back. The two men were described as about 30, white, with no facial hair. The passenger was reportedly wearing a plaid shirt. If you have any information, call the sheriff’s office at 206-296-3311.

In the wake of the alleged incident, the school district released the following list of safety tips for students:

  • Never talk to strangers.
  • Never let a stranger get too close, whether the stranger is in a vehicle or walking.
  • Never tell a stranger any personal information, such as name, age or address.
  • Try to walk in pairs with a friend or adult.
  • Stick to safe, well-lit areas.
  • Do not obstruct hearing with iPods or portable music players when walking or waiting outside.
  • If a stranger tries to grab you, yell as loudly as you can and run away.
  • Immediately alert an adult if you are approached by a suspicious person.
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