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Shelton police looking for men who reportedly tried to kidnap 2 girls

Maribel Gaspar said her 8-year-old cousin had the look of terror on her face after she came running home from school. (Photo: KOMO News)

SHELTON, Wash. -- Police in Shelton are tracking one and possibly two men who were trying to kidnap children on Tuesday. Twice in one hour and in the same neighborhood, two girls reported that they tried to be lured.

Maribel Gaspar said her 8-year-old cousin had the look of terror on her face after she came running home.

"I said why are you crying and she said 'because there's this man that told me if I could get in his car and I didn't know him,'' Gaspar said. "It scared her so much she started shaking a lot."

Police came immediately, but the vehicle she described couldn't be found. She said it was a light blue SUV Jeep type vehicle. She said he was wearing a long sleeve shirt that was white-blue plaid, had brown hair and glasses.

"He probably wanted to abuse her," Gaspar said. "He probably wanted to grab her and take her in the car. He was about to take his pants off and she came running into the room."

Police got there so fast, because an hour earlier and just seven blocks away, they were investigating another reported attempted kidnapping.

"I heard this hysterical screaming, 'help me, help me please,' said neighbor Wylie Robinson. "And I could tell it was a child. He came running to help the 12-year-old girl who said a man tried to get her inside his vehicle. And said if she didn't get in the car that he was going to hurt her."

She told police it was a light brown SUV Chevy Tahoe style vehicle. She said the man was skinny and wearing an orange cap.

Police are still checking into it, though her story has changed a bit.

"There has been some discrepancies in what was reported last night and what we were told today," said police chief Darrin Moody. "We will continue in the investigation and continue moving forward."

Robinson was asked if she was believable.

"Oh absolutely," he said. "She was scared to death."

No matter the outcome of these two reported attempted kidnappings, the police and the security people at the district say it's an important reminder on how to keep your kids safe.

This is a lesson that we've been trying for the last couple of years, 'if you see something, say something,'" said Karen DeWitt, School District Security Director. "It just kicks everybody up into an alert mode even more and I think in the end everybody benefits by it by realizing we need to take this stuff seriously."

The school district is continuing to talk with students and parents about the importance of walking in pairs.

So far, there have been no arrests.

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