A Thurston County woman came forward as the driver in one of three reports of strangers trying to lure Rochester boys, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
Several Rochester School District boys reported luring attempts by drivers in black vehicles this week.
Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said the woman saw news stories about the incidents and called the sheriff's office Thursday night, stating that she was the driver in the Monday incident.
She explained that her son left their home late Monday morning, and she thought he might have missed the bus. She drove to the bus stop, where her son and another boy were standing, and asked her son if he had missed the bus. The boys said they hadn’t. She asked if they wanted a ride anyway, and the boys declined, Ziesemer said.
The other two incidents are still under investigation.
Ziesemer gave these accounts of the other two:
On Wednesday, the driver of a four-door car pulled up to a 13-year-old walking about 7:30 a.m. in the 7500 block of 198th Avenue Southwest. The driver, a white man between the ages of 30 and 40, offered the boy a ride. The student said no, and when the man asked a few more times, the boy left and cut through nearby woods. The boy said the man had a “scruffy” face, and wore a baseball hat.
At about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a driver offered a 14-year-old a ride while he waited for the bus in the 8500 block of 183rd Avenue Southwest. The student didn’t get a good look at the driver because it was dark, but said the voice sounded like a woman. The driver asked if the student had missed the bus. He told the driver no, walked away, and the vehicle left. The student said the car had a loud muffler and “annoyingly blue” headlights.
Deputies say students should stay in groups while waiting for the bus, and avoid any vehicle or person they don’t know. If a stranger talks to a student, the student should walk in the opposite direction and tell an adult, deputies advise.