Kennewick police are issuing a safety alert and asking for help from witnesses after an 11-year-old student reported being approached by a man in a car while walking home from school.
The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. Friday near Hood Avenue and Neel Street as the child was walking home from Hawthorne Elementary School, Cpl. Glenn Ball said.
"The kid did everything right. The kid took off running and reported it immediately," Ball told the Herald.
Police aren't releasing if the student was a girl or boy because investigators want to be able to use some information to verify possible witnesses' stories, Ball said.
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The student said a driver, who possibly was in his 60s and had dark hair with gray accents, approached and asked if the child wanted a ride.
The man was in a newer, black four-door vehicle with tinted windows, Ball said. The car was compared to a Toyota Camry.
The child's parents were told about the incident when the child got home. Police were then called.
Anyone in the area who may have seen the suspicious incident is asked to call Kennewick police through the nonemergency dispatch line at 628-0333 or the front desk at 585-4208. Tips also can be called in to Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477.