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Kent Police seek help to find child luring suspect

Kent Police are looking for this man in connection with a possible child luring incident Aug. 4 along Canyon Road. - COURTESY GRAPHIC, Kent Police
Kent Police are looking for this man in connection with a possible child luring incident Aug. 4 along Canyon Road.
— image credit: COURTESY GRAPHIC, Kent Police

The Kent Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify and find a suspect who reportedly attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl.

The girl walked east from Smith Street up Canyon Road, between the 9400 block Southeast and 10100 block Southeast, at about 9:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, when a man drove past her and offered her a ride, according to a Friday Kent Police media release. The girl declined the ride and the man drove off.

A short time later, the girl noticed the man in the car had started to follow her on foot and tried to engage her in a conversation. The girl tried to ignore him and ran.

The man then ran after the girl and tried to catch up to her. But the girl escaped and received assistance from a citizen passing by. Once the suspect saw the intervention from the citizen, he fled the area.

Police released a sketch of the man and described him as possibly a Hispanic, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing between 150 to 170 pounds. He has dark hair and brown eyes.

Detectives are following up any leads or information received.

Anyone with information can call the Kent Police Tip Line at 253-856-5808.


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