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Fake Firefighter Lures Kids From Locked Car

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - A 45-year-old who police say was imitating a firefighter talked three kids into leaving a locked car outside Walmart in Kennewick.
    
Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin tells The Tri-City Herald (http://is.gd/wfqiM8 ) a potential tragic situation was averted when one of the kids called his mom on a cell phone.
    
The 34-year-old Kennewick woman had left her 13-year-old in charge of two younger children when she went into the store on Saturday afternoon.
    
Lattin says the man, later identified as Christopher S. Olson, approached the car, said he was a firefighter and told them they should not be in the car alone. He convinced them to open doors so he could escort them inside the store. The woman met Olson and the children near the entrance, where she says she saw him hug and kiss the head of the 7-year-old boy because he was crying.
    
Police arrested Olson and booked him into the Benton County jail on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment, impersonating a public official and fourth-degree assault.
   

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