Reader report: Possible luring attempt near Roxhill Elementary

January 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm | In Safety, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

Though this might not have been a crime, in the context of recent unsolved incidents, a West Seattle mom wanted to report what happened to her daughter this afternoon. E-mailed by Kezia:

I wanted the WSB readers to know that a man tried to give my teenaged daughter an unsolicited ride this afternoon. She refused but it made her uncomfortable.

She was walking to pick up her younger sibling at Roxhill Elementary after school.

She described the stranger to me as looking middle-aged, either white or light-skinned Latino driving a gray or silver car “that was like a station wagon but not.” Maybe a hatchback? I will need to talk with her more when I return home from work.

I just wanted to let West Seattle folks be aware. Hopefully parents are talking about these kind of situations with their kids. Fortunately we have (done so) in my house, so my daughter felt prepared. We discussed walking home along a busier route.

We will update later if there is more information to share. Seattle Police, meanwhile, have published these suggestions for talking to kids about staying safe outside, and inside, their homes.

15 Comments

  1. I may not be Colombo, but doesn’t it seem most of these events are described as a middle-aged man in a silverish car? Hmmmmmmmm

    Comment by Panda — 4:56 pm January 9, 2014 #

  2. Potentially the same vehicle/suspect as this recent incident? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-flasher-reported/

    Comment by Savannah — 5:06 pm January 9, 2014 #

  3. I’m the daughter mentioned in the article – I’ve been regularly checking WSB and have read the report about the flasher; the article says that he drove a four-door silver sedan, and the man I encountered today was in a silver two-door hatchback, but the descriptions definitely sound similar. In addition, both incidents happened on 30th.

    Comment by Zinnia — 5:45 pm January 9, 2014 #

  4. Hello. This sounds like the same guy. Parents get cell phones for yr kids. Take a picture and call 911. Al Semple, I’m an instructor with awsda.

    Comment by Al — 6:31 pm January 9, 2014 #

  5. Similar car description and event was reported on Whidbey Island by Island County Sheriff department :

    Island County Sheriff’s Office Media Release 01-07-14:

    On January 6th, 2014 at approximately 3:00 PM a North Whidbey resident reported that her 10 year old child had been dropped off at a bus stop in the area of Taylor Road and Sawmill Rd in Oak Harbor, Washington. Reportedly the child was walking down Sawmill Road when a white male driving a “silver colored SUV” asked the child if they wanted a ride home. The child ran away and could hear the vehicle drive away. The child reported the incident to her parents. Law Enforcement was unable to locate the vehicle.

    The white male subject is described as having medium to dark brown hair and no visible facial hair.

    The SUV is described as being similar to SUV pictured in the attached image file and reportedly has dark tinted windows on the back door and side windows with lighter tint on the front side windows. (The attached picture is not the actual vehicle).

    If anyone sees a similar vehicle acting suspiciously please call 911 immediately. If anyone person has further information/details about this incident they can contact Detective Felici with the Island County Sheriff’s Office at 360-678-4422 or by calling I-COM Dispatch at 360-678-6116.

    No Further information/details at this time.

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=f7dd56195e&view=att&th=1436e693c26f7278&attid=0.1&disp=thd&zw

    Comment by Dayle Gray — 8:38 pm January 9, 2014 #

  6. Thanks, Dayle. Your link doesn’t go anywhere, and I wouldn’t expect a Gmail link to work for people who aren’t the accountholder, but a Whidbey Island news publication put up something about it too, with what the Sheriff’s Office suggested was an SUV that sounded like what the girl in that case described. http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/239168421.html – here’s hoping regional authorities are talking – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:46 pm January 9, 2014 #

  7. I am a volunteer at Roxhill and had parked my car on 30th Ave – near Roxhill. I am almost positive that this is the man I noticed when getting into my car – he definitely gave me the creeps. Because I was able to quickly get in my car I felt safe, drove away & didn’t think much else of it. His car was parked a very short distance adjacent to mine. He was crouched down in the driver’s seat and he looked at me in a way that made me pretty uncomfortable. He looked to be Latino, in his 30′s, and the car was matte silver and a two door. The car was not running and he was parked facing south on 30th. He would have had to drive straight and turn left or right, right in front of Roxhill to get out of that spot. Not sure if there are any cameras there. This happened right at 3:40pm after I left Roxhill.

    Comment by clauren — 10:02 pm January 9, 2014 #

  8. My understanding was this was a sedan?? Its ok but let’s get a photo of the car. This went out on face book. Al

    Comment by Al — 11:23 pm January 9, 2014 #

  9. What I’d like to know is why aren’t parents / school officials organizing to take make rounds around each of the campus before / after school to get this creep. Wouldn’t take but a week as he seems to show up every one to two days. Get a license plate, photo, and description. It’ll be enough to take him away for a long while. Either that or wait for this predator to take one of your children, abuse them or worse. For you and your families sake I opt for solution number 1.
    What are you waiting for???

    Comment by Wake up — 12:29 am January 10, 2014 #

  10. It maybe the same guy and it may not. Silver is an extremely common color for cars, so it’s not really a definitive characteristic. Tracy, have other neighborhoods had the same level of predatory incidences reported in the last year or so?
    .
    Taking pictures or video (or appearing to do so) is a great way to discourage certain behaviors. I was being menaced by a truck on 99 a few weeks ago. I grabbed my phone out of my bag and just held it up to my side window. When he started to pull alongside me to swerve at me again, he saw the phone and backed off and disappeared behind me. I didn’t have the video running, but he didn’t know that.

    Comment by Scooterist — 9:27 am January 10, 2014 #

  11. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to research other neighborhoods. It’s all we can do to cover what happens in West Seattle (and even at that, there is SO much more I wish we could be covering, hoping to afford more help in the New Year). Local police do reiterate that even this kind of “probably not a crime BUT” incident SHOULD BE REPORTED TO 911 – heaven forbid it happens to anybody else, but please, when you talk to your kids, also remind them about catching the license plate # (or even part of it – police can search databases for partials when they have other info like paint color, etc.). – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:44 am January 10, 2014 #

  12. Clauren – did this happen yesterday? It definitely sounds like you are describing the same person.
    Al – the car I saw was not a sedan.
    Pretty creepy, I walk from my home to Roxhill every day in the morning and afternoon to get my brother. I hope this guy isn’t regularly creeping around the area. I posted on facebook as well.

    Comment by Zinnia — 10:57 am January 10, 2014 #

  13. Zinnia – yes, what I described happened yesterday afternoon (Thursday, Jan. 9) at 3:40pm.

    Comment by clauren — 4:33 pm January 10, 2014 #

  14. Cameras on the outside of schools/road outside of school would be a great idea. The money brought in by the school speed zone cameras could pay for these if we could get the mayor to change the allocation of the money…

    Comment by ttt — 11:19 pm January 10, 2014 #

  15. This seems to be happening more & MORE all the time around here! Why don’t we have volunteer patrols daily walking & keeping eyes open especially around the elementary schools? My son is an adult now, but I for one have the time to take on a project like this! Complete with cell phone to take pictures of problems. In a world with SO many cell phones it blows me away that no one has snapped any of this scum bag. HE is only going to get more bold & dangerous the longer he is not caught! Went to High School with someone who did many of those kinds of crimes. He is in Federal Prison for some of them. But not for all of them…

    Comment by WS Mom — 11:41 pm January 10, 2014 #

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