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Man tries to lure teen girl into his pickup in College Police

COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. -- Police say a man tried to lure a teenage girl into his car Tuesday morning in College Place. 

The 16-year-old girl told police she was walking in the 200 block of W. Whitman Dr. near South College Avenue when a white four-door Chevy pickup pulled up next to her at about 7:30 a.m. 

The driver had his passenger-side door open and told the girl to "get in," police said. The girl ignored him and kept walking. 

She described the driver as a Hispanic man with a small build, mustache and a scruffy beard. He appeared to be about 30 years old. 

He was wearing a burgundy shirt and black hat with white mesh protruding off the back for sun protection. 

The College Place Police Department wants to remind parents to talk to their children about the dangers of abduction. 

 "We are fortunate to live in a safe community, although there are still dangers we need to be mindful of says Chief Tomaras".

Police gave these tips to prevent abduction:

  • Don't talk or accept gifts from strangers.
  • If you have a cell phone call and report suspicious persons or vehicles to 911.
  • Take a photo of a suspicious person or vehicle and text it to a friend or parent.
  • Avoid walking alone whenever possible.
  • If attacked or grabbed, resist, fight and make a lot of noise. 

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