• Police issue warning after two reports of stranger offering children rides

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    EATONVILLE, Wash. - The Eatonville Police Department is asking parents to remind their children to say no to anyone offering or asking them for anything if they don't know them.

    This comes after there were two reports of a man in a vehicle offering children rides to school or home, police said. 

    Police said there were two reported incidents, one in Eatonville and another in Elbe.

    Police could not follow up on the incidents because they did not have enough details to go on, officials said.

    Police said the only consistent information they received was the man's description: White, possibly 40 to 50 years old with gray hair. The man was reportedly driving a small, light-colored sedan.

    Police sent out this warning: 

    "Parents -- please remind your children to say no to anyone asking them for anything or offering them anything if they don't know them. Remind them the person may even seem nice and not necessarily scary. Stranger danger was a well-intended message in the past but it gave the impression that all strangers are scary. They may not be at all. But they may be dangerous regardless."

    "As always -- report any suspicious activity to 911. Social media is great but it's not the place to report possible crimes that have occurred or are occurring."

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