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2 suspects attempt to lure child at 15th and 85th, police say

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on February 26th, 2014

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.

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8 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 David // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    So, we have someone shot on 1st & 85th, someone stabbed in Ballard Commons, and now creeps trying to lure kids on 85th & 15th. This all in less than a week. What more needs to happen to get more police presence in our neighborhood?

  • 2 Sam // Feb 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Time to fumigate Ballard.

  • 3 Boat guy // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    We need some vigilantes

  • 4 getzwasfool // Feb 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    yeah, that’s a great idea, chucklehead.

  • 5 Jimmy Rustle // Feb 27, 2014 at 8:34 am

    So, is the cat okay?

  • 6 lookinland // Feb 27, 2014 at 9:21 am

    ..the cat was fine after it was coaxed from the chimney. Unfortunately, Bobby’s soot-covered suit did not survive. In a futile attempt to save it, he put too much soap in the washing machine and flooded the laundry room.
    Alice is really pissed.

  • 7 evon // Feb 27, 2014 at 11:14 am

    “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.”

    None whatsoever? Not even apparent race or approximate age range? Something smells fishy about this teen’s story.

  • 8 Chris // Feb 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Yeah, something here isn’t adding up. The victim was able to recall what these suspects said to him but couldn’t recall:
    1) Their gender (note the lack of any gender pronouns in the SPD post)
    2) Their race
    3) Their clothing
    4) Their approximate age
    5) Their height/build

    Very strange since people remember things they see more than they remember things they hear.

    The victim was also able to identify the suspects hiding behind bushes but couldn’t recall what they look like? The victim also appears to have told his parents about the incident the day it happened but they parents didn’t bother to contact SPD until the following day? If my kid said someone approached them like this I’d be calling SPD that very instant. Either something is very funny about this or SPD is withholding information (which they may have very good reason to do).

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