Police warn parents about enticements in Nampa

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by Jamie Grey

NWCN.com

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 4:57 PM

NAMPA -- Recent reports from girls in the Nampa area have police looking for someone who may be trying to abduct young teenagers.

Nampa Police call a recent pattern of attempted child enticement cases a top priority, and they say these cases should make every parent alert in the area.

Police have received three reports in three weeks of girls being approached by a man in a car. They call this a serious situation that deserves immediate attention.

On Dec. 13 in Crestwood Estates subdivision near Karcher and Midway roads, a young teenager says someone tried to get her into his car.

"She was walking to the school bus and she was approached by a subject in a car. It was a newer white passenger car, four doors. And he approached her and tried to entice her into the car with him," said Nampa Police Sgt. Donald Peck.

On Wednesday, police took another report from another girl in the neighborhood. Then a third report came in.

In addition to those two incidents in the Crestwood subdivision, police also believe that same person came over to the area of Iowa Avenue and Midland Boulevard, and did the same thing. This area is just a few miles from the first neighborhood.

The girls all reported similar stories, though the suspect appears to have driven a different car on Wednesday, this time a late 90s or early 2000s dark colored 4-door car.

Because the reports are now mounting, Peck says identifying this suspect is his top priority.

"We've already seen a pattern, where we've got three individuals that have been approached, and so it's very important for us to stop this action." Peck said.

Nampa Police say they've also talked to other departments with similar reports.

For now, they don't know if they are related, but they are checking all leads, and encourage parents to use this as a time to talk to kids about how to respond if they found themselves in the same situation these girls did.

"These children all responded wonderfully. They immediately told the individual no, they ran, they went to find somebody to help them." Peck said.

These cases all involved young teen or preteen girls, but police say they're not ruling out boys as potential targets.

They just want parents to remind kids about safe places they can run to if in trouble -- like a friend's house, a police officer or teacher, or a crowded business or public place.

Police say the suspect is either a white or light-skinned Hispanic man in his early 20s to early 30s. He is between 5-foot-6 to 6 feet tall with a small build, and has brown eyes and brown hair.

If you have any information about any of these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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