Colorado Springs police are investigating two cases where strangers tried to lure children into a car. The children were all approached as they walked home from school.
The first incident was reported on Monday, January 28, 2013 at approximately 4:45 p.m. in the area of 2000 S. Corona St. In the first case two girls, ages four (4) and nine (9) were asked to get into a vehicle with a stranger.
The suspect in the first case is described, as follows: dark skinned hispanic male, possibly late 20's, 6’-2” tall, thin build, possible black mustache, dark sunglasses, wearing a black colored “hoodie” style sweatshirt, black jeans and black shoes. The suspect was on foot and ran from the area. No suspect vehicle was seen.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at about 3:26 p.m. two (2) males yelled for a ten (10) year old girl to get into their vehicle and made reference to, “candy” as the young girl was walking in the area of the intersection of West Cheyenne Road and Cresta Road.
The suspects in this case are described, as follows: 1) Hispanic male, 17-20, and possible white t-shirt and dark hair. 2) There is no description available for the second male.
The vehicle used in the second incident on Tuesday, 01-29-13 is described, as follows: silver, SUV style vehicle similar to a Jeep make.
Both of these incidents occurred after the children were walking home from school. The community is reminded to be aware of discussing safety strategies with children.
There may be many beneficial safety strategies and tips for helping to keep kids safe. Here is one example of an excerpt from www.mychildsafety.net/stranger-danger.html. There are many other possible safety tips available so do not rely exclusively on these examples.
The following are important tips and strategies for children to protect themselves:
• Know your name, address, and phone number.
• Use the buddy system – avoid walking anywhere alone.
• Trust your instincts – if you feel you are being followed or something is not right, seek help immediately.
• If a stranger approaches you, you do not have to speak to him or her. Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle. Just keep walking. Do not accept candy or any other items from a stranger. Never walk off with a stranger no matter what he or she tells you.
• If someone is following you try to remember the license plate of his or her vehicle and immediately tell a trusted adult.
• If a stranger grabs you, do everything you can to stop him or her from pulling you away or dragging you into his or her car. Drop to the ground, kick, hit, bite, and scream. Do whatever it takes to attract the attention of others who can help you. If someone is dragging you away, scream, "this is not my dad," or "this is not my mom."
If anyone has information about these cases please call (719) 444-7000; or you may call Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (719) 634-STOP (7867); you do not have to give your name and could earn a cash reward.