Issaquah schools say man tried to lure youngster into car in Klahanie

April 10, 2012

NEW — 12:30 p.m. April 10, 2012

A man described as being 60 to 70 years old accosted a student walking on Klahanie Boulevard at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, according to Issaquah School District officials.

The student was on Klahanie Boulevard near 256th Avenue Southeast when the suspect approached the student in an SUV, according to information released by the district.

Through the passenger window, the man inside allegedly asked the student if he wanted a ride. When the student refused, the man reportedly yelled for the student to get into the car, and he continued to follow the student as he walked away.

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

February 14, 2012

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.

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Men attempt to lure Discovery Elementary student into truck

February 8, 2012

NEW — 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 2012

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

The student was walking home from Discovery Elementary 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 allegedly 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, according to Niegowski.

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Man tries to pick up three Maywood students

February 8, 2011

Three Maywood Middle School students reported that an unknown man offered them a ride home when they were walking back from school at about 2:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

None of the students knew the man, who was driving a turquoise Taurus along Southeast 144th Street in Renton.

The students declined the man’s offer and ran home, where they told their parents about the incident. One parent called the King County Sheriff’s Office, and an officer interviewed one of the students and filed a report. She visited the neighborhood, but did not locate any vehicles matching the description, Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said in an e-mail to parents.

Parents should remind their children never to talk with strangers, let a stranger get too close or tell a stranger personal information, Niegowski said. Students should try to walk with adults or in groups and stay near well-lit paths.

“If a stranger tries to grab you, yell as loudly as you can and run away,” Niegowski said.

Man tries to pick up three Maywood students

February 3, 2011

NEW — 5:45 p.m. Feb. 3, 2011

Three Maywood Middle School students reported that an unknown man offered them a ride home when they were walking back from school at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

None of the students knew the man, who was driving a turquoise Taurus along Southeast 144th Street in Renton.

The students declined the man’s offer and ran home, where they told their parents about the incident.

One parent called the King County Sheriff’s Office, and an officer interviewed one of the students and filed a report. She visited the neighborhood, but did not locate any vehicles matching the description, Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said in an e-mail to parents.

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Issaquah police seek man who attempted to lure boy into SUV

May 4, 2010

Issaquah Police need help to find a man who attempted to lure a 12-year-old boy into a vehicle near Timberlake Park on April 27.

Police said a man driving a late-model, dark-purple SUV approached a boy walking on the sidewalk in the 4300 block of 182nd Avenue Southeast at about 2:35 p.m.

The man asked the boy if he wanted a ride. The boy then declined, and the man asked if he was sure. The boy left unharmed.

Police described the driver as a white man, about 50 years old, with short, gray hair and dark eyes.

Authorities reminded parents to review safety procedures with children, and to report suspicious activity and people to police.

Direct questions, or provide information, about the incident to Detective Sgt. Bob Porter, or to the on-duty patrol sergeant, at 837-3200.

Issaquah School District officials reminded parents to tell children to never talk to or get too close to a stranger, never share personal information with a stranger and always alert adults if a suspicious person approaches. If a stranger tries to grab a child, he or she should yell loudly and run away.

Officials also encouraged children to walk in pairs with a friend or adult, to stick to well-lit paths and not to obstruct hearing with iPods or other portable music players while walking.

Police seek man who attempted to lure boy into SUV

April 28, 2010

NEW — 2:31 p.m. April 28, 2010

Issaquah Police said a man attempted to lure a 12-year-old boy into a vehicle near Timberlake Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said a man driving a late-model, dark-purple SUV approached a boy walking on the sidewalk in the 4300 block of 182nd Avenue Southeast at about 2:35 p.m.

The man asked the boy if he wanted a ride. The boy then declined, and the man asked if he was sure. The boy left unharmed.

Police described the driver as a white man, about 50 years old, with short, gray hair and dark eyes.

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Police arrest man for attempting to lure boy

April 13, 2010

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.

Local man arrested for child luring

April 11, 2010

NEW — 7:34 p.m. April 11, 2010

A 19-year-old Issaquah man was arrested for trying to lure an 11-year-old boy into the restroom at the Barnes and Noble bookstore Saturday night, police said.

At about 9:46 p.m., Issaquah officers were called to the store, where employees reported a young adult had been acting inappropriately around a minor child in the store. Store employees reported the suspect was twice escorted out of the store, but remained on the walkway in front of the store.

Officers arrived as the boy and his father exited the store. Officers determined the suspect had twice attempted to lure the boy into the public restroom in the store and may have been waiting outside the store for the boy to exit.

The suspect was located outside the store as his family members were still shopping inside the store. He was taken into custody and subsequently booked into the King County Jail for child luring and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.