Port Townsend Police continue to seek help identifying a suspect in two child-luring attempts that occurred earlier this month. A sketch has been released depicting a man reported to have approached an 11-year-old boy near Blue Heron Middle School.
The boy reported on Oct. 2 he was approached about 8 a.m. on a trail in the area of Haines and 33rd streets and offered candy by an older male. King County Sheriff’s Office Detective Robin Fry created the sketch after an interview with the boy.
Most conspicuously, the boy described scruffy white facial hair and a gauged plug-style earring in the man’s right ear. The suspicious man was missing his front teeth. He wore a blue baseball cap with a green Oakland Athletics logo, a dirty white T-shirt and dirty blue jeans. The man was driving a white full-size van that had no windows, according to the boy.
A second attempting luring incident was reported to have occurred a week later at 8 a.m. on Oct. 9. In that incident, an 11-year-old girl was riding her bicycle on San Juan Avenue about six blocks south of the school, 3939 San Juan Avenue. She described a white van stopping, pulling into the bicycle lane blocking her path. The driver rolled down the passenger-side window and told the girl her mother instructed him to give her a ride to school. When the girl realized the man didn’t know her mother’s name, she rode away.
The girl reported the white van had three windows down the side and two on the back doors. The windows were described as being hard to look through, possibly because obstructions inside. The man appeared to be in his 50s, according to the girl. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt low over his face. He had no visible facial hair, but had a pierced nose.
Despite some discrepancies in the descriptions, the incidents are currently being investigated as if they’re related.
Port Townsend Police Department detectives and officers have followed up on dozens of tips called in by citizens and other law enforcement agencies since the reports were made. The sketch, created last week, was used to compare against a man believed to be a person of interest. The man was interviewed Oct. 24 and is no longer believed to be connected to this case.
Officers have also increased patrols in the area of Blue Heron and other locations juveniles gather.
No additional reports of child-luring attempts have been made since the Oct. 9 incident.
Investigators are asking members of the public to examine the police sketch closely. If the man looks familiar, reports can be made by calling Detective McBride at 360-390-8938.
If a suspicious person or van is spotted in the area of children, the situation should be immediately reported by calling 9-1-1.
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