At 7:30 a.m. Sept. 23, an Issaquah Middle School student had a questionable interaction with a stranger as she traveled to school.
The student was walking on Newport Way when a white male, described as 50-60 years old; balding with graying hair; marks on his forehead and cheeks; and no glasses or facial hair stopped on the road next to the student. He was driving a newer black Lincoln.
It was reported that he leaned over, opened the passenger door and said "get in the car." The student did the right thing by saying “no,” running away and notifying her family. The family later notified police, and the incident is under investigation.
This is a good reminder for every family to review these safety tips with children:
• Never talk to a stranger.
• Never let a stranger get too close, whether they are in a car or walking.
• Never tell a stranger any personal information, such as your name, age or address.
• Always try to walk in pairs with a friend or an adult.
• Stick to safe, well-lit paths when walking.
• Do not obstruct your hearing with iPods or portable music players when walking or waiting outside.
• If a stranger tries to grab you, yell as loudly as you can and run away.
• Immediately alert an adult if you are approached by a suspicious person.
If you have any information about this incident, please call Issaquah police at 425-837-3200.