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CPPD investigate attempted luring of teenage girl

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – College Place police officers responded Tuesday to a report of an attempted luring of a 16-year-old girl.

The teenager alleges that around 7:30 a.m., while walking westbound on the 200 block of Whitman Drive, a man driving a white Chevrolet four-door pickup attempted to lure her into his vehicle.

The young girl told officers the pickup pulled up alongside her with the passenger door open and yelled for her to “get in”.  She kept walking and ignored the driver.  Police said it’s possible the suspected driver may have been scared off by a witness driving behind the truck who stopped to ask if the girl was okay.

The driver was described as a Hispanic man with a small build, approximately 30 years of age wearing a burgundy shirt, black hat with white mesh protruding off the back used to for sun protection.  The man was also said to have a mustache and scruffy beard.

College Place Police Chief Troy Tomaras reminds parents to have open conversations with their children about the dangers of abduction.

“We are fortunate to live in a safe community, although there are still dangers we need to be mindful of,” Tomaras said.

To help you prevent being a victim, Tomaras offers these tips: Don’t talk or accept gifts from strangers.  If you have a cell phone, call and report suspicious persons or vehicles to 911.  Take a photo of a suspicious person or vehicle and text it to a friend or parent.  Avoid walking alone whenever possible.  If attacked or grabbed, fight and make a lot of noise.

If you witnessed this incident or have more information that may lead to the identification of the suspect, please call the College Place Police Department at 509-394-8550.

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