Police investigate after attempted abductions of young girls near Shelton schools

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SHELTON, Wash. — Shelton police are investigating after there were two attempted kidnappings of young girls, 12 and 8 years old, Tuesday near Shelton schools.

Police said they learned of a second attempted child abduction in Shelton while they were investigating the first. Police said they don't know if the suspect was the same in both attempts.

"The (suspect) descriptions are somewhat different, but have similarities," police said.

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What to know about the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old in Shelton:

An unknown man tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl Tuesday at about 2:56 p.m.

Police said the young student was walking home in the 2000 block of King Street near Olympic Middle School and Mountain View Elementary in Shelton, when she was approached by an unknown man in a vehicle.

The man told the girl to get into the car or "she would be hurt," police said.

The girl dropped her backpack, screamed and ran to a neighbor's house, who called police.

Police shared the following information about the suspect and the suspect's vehicle:

  • Suspect vehicle: Light brown SUV (similar to a Chevy Tahoe)
  • Suspect: White man, about 30 years old, skinny and wearing an orange cap

What to know about the attempted abduction of an 8-year-old in Shelton:

An unknown man tried to abduct an 8-year-old girl Tuesday at about 4 p.m.

The girl was walking on K Street near Jefferson Street after she was dropped off by a school bus, police said.

The girl was approached by a man in a car who called out for her to come to him.

Police said she ran from the area to a nearby home, where police were called.

Police shared the following information about the suspect and the suspect's vehicle:

  • Suspect vehicle: Light blue, Jeep-type vehicle
  • Suspect: White or Hispanic man, long-sleeved white/blue plaid shirt, brown hair, wearing glasses

Police ask that if anyone has information, they call the Shelton Police Department through MACECOM Dispatch Center at 360-426-4441.

Officials ask that parents remind their children that walking in groups is the safest way to avoid danger.

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