At 12:17 p.m. this afternoon the SPD tweeted about a child luring incident that took place on 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St. The tweet referred to an incident that took place yesterday afternoon and was reported to SPD officers today.
According to the SPD, at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon a male Whitman Middle School student was confronted by two unidentified suspects on the way to pick up his younger brother in the area of 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St.
The suspects approached the student, speaking to him about his small hands, and asked him to come with them to their nearby house to help retrieve their cat from a small space, police said. The student, in an attempt to get away, told the suspects that his older brother and cousin were meeting him and that if the suspects waited where they were he would bring them back with him.
The student then left, with the suspects following him, however once he crossed the street the suspects ceased following.
The student then picked up his younger brother at a nearby bus stop. On the way back, the student saw the two suspects hiding in the bushes nearby, police said.
The two students returned home safely and reported the incident to their parents, who in turn reported it to the SPD today.
SPD sent an officer to Whitman Middle School this afternoon to gather a statement from the student who was unable to provide a description of the suspects. The SPD has informed Whitman Middle School about the incident and have assigned a detective to talk to the family and the student.
The My Ballard team will keep readers informed about the investigation as it progresses.
If you have any information contact the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.