Warnings follow attempted abduction in Everett

Sketch of a man police are seeking in abduction attempt in Everett.

Everett, Wash.

By Katya Yefimova Herald Writer

Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Warnings follow attempted abduction in Everett

EVERETT — Police on Tuesday were looking for a man who may have tried to abduct a girl.

The 13-year-old Voyager Middle School student was walking to school in the 500 block of 124th Street SW in unincorporated Everett about 7:30 a.m. when she spotted a man standing across the street, Snohomish County sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

The girl said he exposed himself and then she ran off.

The girl told detectives the man followed her and grabbed her backpack, but she got away. She told school officials about the incident. There were no other witnesses, Hover said.

The man was described as Hispanic, in his late 30s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a regular build. He was wearing a gray jacket with a zipper, black jeans and a dark-blue baseball cap. He had stubble on his chin and neck.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s tip line at 425-388-3845.

The Mukilteo School District sent letters to parents at Voyager and nearby schools. The school district offered these safety tips for students:

  • Talk to your children about the route they should take to and from school and who they should walk with.
  • Children should walk to and from school with a friend.
  • Plan with your children what they should do in a dangerous situation.
  • If approached by a stranger, your son or daughter should run away.
  • If a stranger touches or attempts to grab your child, he or she should yell and scream to attract attention.
  • If any child tells you about a concerning incident, call police right away.

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