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Luring Victim's Mom Speaks Out: 'They're Out there'

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Tarysha is a mother on edge after a man tried to lure her 13-year-old daughter into his car Monday afternoon on the way home from school.

The Spokane Valley Police Department responded to the luring call near the area of Sprague and Conklin Road on Monday. Tarysha's daughter told authorities that at about 3:00 p.m., while she was walking home from Greenacres Middle School, a white male in his mid-20's stopped his vehicle and asked her if she wanted a ride home.

The teen told him 'no' and Tarysha said the man then took off. But a short time later, Tarysha said same vehicle passed by her daughter a second time on Sprague Avenue.

"It's freaky," Tarysha said, who asked that we not use her last name. "It's that feeling that 'Oh my gosh, I can't be there for my kid."

Tarysha's daughter made it home safely but encouraged other parents to make sure their children are extra vigilant and aware of their surroundings while walking to and from school.

"My daughter walks with her keys out so that the key is between her fingers so if anybody were to grab here she could stab them," Tarysha explains. "And her phone is never out. It's always in her back pocket or in her backpack. She's not to be on it so she's not texting, talking or anything. There are no distractions on her way home."

Tarysha's daughter did said the man was white, had dark brown hair and was skinny. She described the vehicle as an older, small light blue four-door "beater".

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233

 

THE LETTER GREENACRES MIDDLE SCHOOL SENT HOME TO PARENTS:

"March 27, 2012

I would like to make you aware of an incident that occurred yesterday afternoon. A Greenacres Middle School seventh grade student was walking home from the school bus when a man in a car slowed down and asked her if she wanted a ride. She said no. He asked her a second time and again she said no. He then drove off.

The incident happened at the corner of Valleyway and Conklin. The man was driving an older, fairly beat-up, light-blue, four door car. It had a black streak on the front bottom. The license plate began with "VE." It had a grey cloth interior and sat low to the ground. The man was in his early 20s, with dark brown hair, brown eyes and blemishes on his face.

The police were immediately notified along with our district School Resource Officers who are working together on the case. If you or your children have information that could help in the investigation, please call the Spokane County Sheriff at 477-5980.

A similar incident occurred earlier this month at the corner of Pierce and Valleyway involving an older dark-red sedan with faded paint. We don't want to cause unnecessary alarm, but feel it is important for parents to be aware of yesterday's incident. We take this issue very seriously and have asked our School Resource Officers to patrol the area when our students are going to and from school. The safety and security of our children is our paramount duty.

Our school staff regularly discusses "Stranger Danger" with our students. As parents, you are encouraged to take this opportunity to also have this conversation with your children and reinforce important safety tips (please see the back of this letter) now and on an ongoing basis. The student in this case acted wisely and appropriately by not accepting a ride from the stranger, walking away and then immediately reporting the incident to an adult.

Thank you for reinforcing these important safety messages with your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Again, your child's safety is our top priority.

Sincerely,

Principal"

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