Police investigating attempted child luring in West Seattle
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Police Department is investigating the attempted luring of a 10-year-old girl outside a West Seattle school Tuesday. The investigation comes after three reports of a man exposing himself to children at nearby schools last month.
According to the police report for the incident, the victim was walking along Southwest Oregon Street a block from Hope Lutheran School between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. when she heard a man call out from a parked car.
The man reportedly said, "Hey, little girl, come get in the car with me. I'll take you home."
The victim said no and ran down the hill to her mother's car, locking herself inside.
The victim told her mother, who works at Hope Lutheran, about the incident when her mother came out to the car minutes later. The victim's mother checked the area but didn't see anyone unusual.
According to the report, the victim said she only heard the man's voice and couldn't give any description of him or his car.
West Seattle resident Julie Horgan was shaken by the news and said she's going to be even more protective of her 5-year-old child, Karsen.
"In West Seattle, we've never really had this," she said. "Things keep happening, so we're all kind of freaked out about it for sure."
Last month, a man was reported exposing himself to students from his car parked outside Holy Rosary School -- only a block away from Hope Lutheran -- in two separate incidents. A man was also reported exposing himself to a 7-year-old girl from his car parked outside Westside School.
In a letter to parents, Hope Lutheran Principal Kristen Okabayashi asked parents to continue being careful while dropping off and picking up their children and to keep their eyes open for anyone around the school who looks like they don't belong.
"Our students safety could not be more important to us," Okabayashi writes. "Your kids are our kids, and so we take this incident extremely seriously and are reviewing our entire safety procedures as a result."