Child luring in Catherine Creek neighborhoodParents need to be aware of strangers and vehicles BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Last Friday, August 15 at 1:40 in the afternoon, an eight-year-old boy was approached by a man in a sliver car on the 3500 block of Catherine Creek Drive.
“A silver sedan pulled up alongside and asked the little boy to get into the car,” Lake Stevens Police Chief Randy Celori said.
The man is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old who looked overweight and was alone in the vehicle.
“We think he had a mustache, but we’re not sure,” the boy’s mom said.
The boy’s mother was close by and the driver of the sedan took off after seeing her.
“His mother was near the vicinity and also saw the vehicle briefly,” Celori said. “She didn’t recognize the vehicle as being from the neighborhood.”
“I saw it happen,” the child’s mom said. “My son had gone off to the mailbox and I came around the corner. It was aggressive the way it happened. My son felt that he was going to get out of the car.”
After receiving the call, the Lake Stevens Police arrived quickly and searched the entire area.
“There was no vehicle matching the description found,” Celori reported. “All local jurisdictions are being notified. I am not aware of any other attempted lurings at this time.”
This is a good time to remind children of the rules of safety and what to do if approached by someone they don’t know.
“Children should never walk alone and never talk to a stranger,” Celori said. “If a car pulls up and they don’t recognize the driver, they should immediately run away to their home or to a neighbor.”
“We don’t want to make people afraid, we want to make them aware of what to do in a situation like this,” the mother said. “The buddy system is so important.”
Citizens are asked to report any suspicious behavior to the police by calling 911.