Abduction attempts not related
June 13, 2008 · Updated 10:06 AM
"Federal Way police are searching for separate suspects in two attempted child abductions this week.One incident occurred about 5 p.m. Oct. 26, near Southwest 329th Street and 19th Court Southwest.A 5-year-old was walking home from a friend's house and was approached by a white male, said police spokesman Mark Harreus. He was told to get in the car but he fled the area safely.The other happened about 5:45 p.m. Oct. 29 in the 32200 block of 14th Avenue Southwest and involved a 12-year-old female.Though each attempt involved a white male attempting to lure a child into his car, the descriptions of the suspects are vastly different. One suspect is a male in his early 20s and the other is a male in his early 60s, said Chris Norman, Federal Way police acting commander.It doesn't appear to be related ...The vehicle descriptions aren't similar. One is a red car, one is a silver car, Norman said.So far, police have so suspects, Harreus said.However, two detectives are assigned to the cases, Norman said.Jennifer Sepich, the mother of the 5-year-old boy, said her experience was horrific and she is disappointed by the lack of safety she once thought existed in her neighborhood.We have a connecting gate to the neighbor's yard, Sepich said of a route her son often uses. All he had to do was go through that, cross through the house and he'd be there.Her son's passage to the home of his friend will no longer go unsupervised, Sepich said. I had no idea that that wouldn't be safe.Learning of the incident was scary, she said. My son said to me the other day, 'Mommy, a man told me to get into his car. Will you walk me over there now?' And I said, 'Of course, I'll walk you until you're 60.'Though both attempted abductions occurred in the Silver Lake Elementary School area, Federal Way Public School officials do not plan to specifically address the incidents at this time, said Assistant Superintendent Mark Davidson.Instead, Silver Lake Principal Bev Taylor on Thursday will send a general safety reminder home with children. The school was closed Monday through Wednesday for parent/teacher conferences.----------------Safety tips* Make sure your children know their full name, address (city and state), and phone number with area code. * Be sure kids know to call 9-1-1 or O in emergencies and how to use a public phone. Practice making emergency calls with a make-believe phone.* Tell them never to accept rides or gifts from someone they and you don't know well. * Teach children to go to a store clerk, security guard, or police officer for help if lost in a mall or store or on the street. * Set a good example with your own actions - lock doors and windows and see who's there before opening the door. * Take time to listen carefully to your children's fears and feelings about people or places that scare them or make them feel uneasy. Tell them to trust their instincts. Source: www.McGruff.org "