Several boys in the Rochester School District reported separate luring attempts by drivers of black vehicles this week, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies will be in the area in the morning and afternoon for the next few school days, the agency said.
Lt. Cliff Ziesemer gave these descriptions of the three attempted lurings:
The first was 6:30 a.m. Monday, when a woman driving an SUV offered a ride to a 13-year-old waiting for his bus in the 9700 block of 180th Way SW. The woman told the boy he had missed the bus, and that she would take him to school. The bus then pulled up, and the student got on and left. Police didn’t get a good description of the woman, because it was dark and foggy. She might have been driving a Ford Explorer.
Another luring attempt happened Wednesday, when a 4-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.
The most recent attempt was about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, when a driver offered a 14-year-old a ride as he waited for the bus in the 8500 block of 183rd Avenue Southwest. The student didn’t get a good look at the driver since 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 not approach any vehicle or person they don’t know. If someone talks to a student who doesn’t know the person, the student should walk in the opposite direction and tell an adult, deputies advise.