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Puyallup police seek public help in child luring case

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on June 15, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
June 15, 2013 8:41 pm

The Puyallup Police Department is asking for the public’s help as they investigate an attempted child luring incident that occurred Friday night, June 14, in the 1300 block of East Pioneer in downtown Puyallup.

A 16-year-old boy reported that at about 10 p.m. Friday, a man approached him as he was walking home from the grocery store and asked him to get into his vehicle. The boy refused and began running away from the suspect, who chased the boy on foot. But the boy got away.

Puyallup Police Capt. Ryan Portmann said Saturday that police do not believe this attempted luring is related to the one that occurred recently in Bonney Lake. Portmann said the two suspect descriptions were different, and that the vehicles were also different.

Puyallup officers talked to the victim at his home. Here’s what the boy told police:

He said that as he approached the intersection of 13th Street Southeast and East Pioneer he saw a green camper-style van parked on 13th Street Southeast. The van was parked with its lights and ignition off. As he walked by, the windows to the van rolled down and the suspect shouted, “Hey, get in the car now.” The victim told the suspect “No” and continuedwalking.

A few moments later the boy heard the van start up and he began to run. The van turned around and began driving towards the victim.

The boy said that he as he ran through an alley he noticed that the suspect had exited the van and appeared to be running after him. The victim ran past several houses in the alley before looking back again. He saw the suspect returning to his van. The boy hid under a vehicle and remained there  until the van slowly drove out of the alley.

Police described the Puyallup suspect as male, black, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a blue gauge earring in his ear and a scruffy beard. The boy said the suspect spoke in a feminine voice with a slight stutter.

The suspect vehicle was described as a light green camper/conversion van with squiggly striping down the side, dark tinted windows, shiny rims with Firestone tires,and side passenger doors that opened like “French doors.” The first letter of the license plate began with an “A.”

The Puyallup Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit is actively investigating this incident.  Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Puyallup Police Department TipLine, 253-770-3343.

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