Suspicious Person Possible Child Luring Information
Spokane Valley Deputies responded to a suspicious person, possible child luring attempt, yesterday afternoon in the 1900 block of N. Ella in Spokane Valley.
On July 11, 2017, at approximately 3:30 p.m., a neighbor was doing some work around her house when she heard a vehicle driving by slowly. Initially she thought the driver was looking at homes for sale and wasn’t concerned. Then she heard a male voice say “Hey girls. Hey girls come here. I have some books for you.” She quickly stood up and observed a male reaching toward a young female child who lives in the neighborhood. She shouted “No!” and began walking toward the male who quickly walked back to his vehicle and left the area.
The children were not injured or touched since the male was approximately three or four feet away when she yelled and startled him.
She described the male as white, approximately 30 years of age, tan complexion, dark clear cut hair, clean shaven, wearing a neon yellow short sleeved shirt with an Avista logo on it and jeans.
According to the witness and additional neighbors in the area, the vehicle is described as a black or dark colored 2-door boxy coupe, similar to a Honda Civic or possibly even a Ford Flex with a sunroof, no window tinting and may have fading paint near the truck area.
The Sheriff’s Office works closely with Avista personnel throughout the year and they are aware of this information. There is no information showing this person is an actual employee at Avista. Most of the time Avista workers will be in a marked Avista vehicle or have signage indicating they work with them. At any time, Avista employees will provide photo ID if requested or you can contact Avista directly to confirm their crews are working in the area.
If you observe suspicious activity or the male and vehicle described in this incident, you are urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and report the information.