No new details on possible child-abduction attempt

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PORT ANGELES — Police had collected no new information as of Saturday into the investigation of a reported child-abduction attempt in the area of Lauridsen Boulevard and Race Street last week, Port Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith said.

A 9-year-old and an 11-year-old told Port Angeles police officers at about 3 p.m. Thursday that a black pickup truck had stopped and the front-seat passenger had gotten out and asked them if they wanted to get in, Officer Trevor Dropp said.

The children, who knew none of the occupants, declined, and the pickup continued westbound on Lauridsen, Dropp said.

The children were not hurt, he said.

The pickup truck was a newer-model Chevy two-door, Dropp said. It was described as shiny, lowered and with possibly tinted windows.

The passenger who got out of the truck was described as a white man with mid-length dirty-blond hair hanging to his ears.

In the bed of the truck was a white man in his late teens who was wearing a black and green ballcap with a straight bill, a gray sweatshirt and dark blue jeans.

The children could give no description of the driver, Dropp said.

Anyone in the area at the time of the incident or with similar contact with those described are urged to contact the Port Angeles Police Department at 360-452-4545.

Smith said more detailed information on the truck would allow officers to pull the truck over if it is spotted, though officers do not have blanket authority to pull over every black lowered Chevy truck.

Offering a stranger a ride is not necessarily a crime, Smith said, though it’s not something normally expected and has the potential to raise concern.

“We definitely want to get to the bottom of this,” Smith said.

“If this has a reasonable explanation, we’d love to hear it from the responsible people.”

Last modified: November 17. 2012 5:32PM
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