Masked man attempts to lure child to truck - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Masked man attempts to lure child to truck

















SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - East Valley School Resource Deputy Scott Streltzoff issued a warning Thursday for parents of younger students after a masked man confronted a boy walking home in the dark Wednesday.

According to Streltzoff, a 13-year-old Mountain View Elementary School student was headed home on foot about 5 p.m. Wednesday when he was approached by a man in a newer dark green, full-sized Ford pickup. The truck had four doors and a canopy of unknown color.

The driver was wearing a dark ski mask that had holes for the wearer's eyes and mouth. The man had a deep voice leading the student to think he was an adult.

The suspect told the boy to come to the truck, but the student ran instead. The driver chased him a short distance with the truck and then left the area.  The incident occurred in the 6000 block of North Chase Road.

Although the man's motive is unknown, the incident is being treated as a child luring event.  Parents should discuss with their school-age children what actions to take if they are confronted in a similar manner.

School district officials have been advised of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

- Sgt. Dave Reagan
Spokane County Sheriff's Office

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