Reports of child lurings leaves Port Townsend on edge

PORT TOWNSEND – Police are beefing up patrols in Port Townsend after two attempted child luring cases has rattled residents.

Both instances occurred in the early morning hours near Blue Heron Middles School as kids were heading to class.

The first instance happened on Wednesday, October 2nd. An 11-year-old boy was riding his bicycle when a man in a white van offered him candy. Police say the boy refused and that he continued riding his bike away from the suspect.

Then a week later on October 9th, an 11-year-old girl was also stopped by a man driving a white van. The suspect blocked the girl’s bicycle path and told the child her mother asked him to drive her to school. When she asked the man what her mother’s name was, the man couldn’t answer and the girl proceeded to school.

Descriptions of the suspects vary slightly, but both kids describe the stranger as a man in his 50’s. The boy described the man as being clean shaven and that he was missing his front teeth.

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