Walla Walla school reports luring incident

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Walla Walla police and school officials issued a warning about a possible luring incident near Sharpstein Elementary School.

The incident allegedly occurred Friday afternoon while two students were walking home from school, but it was not reported to school officials until Tuesday.

The students said they were approached by a man in a green car while they were walking on Howard Street, officials said. The stranger asked the students if they wanted a ride and when they said no he drove away.

The students said the man, who has brown hair and is in his 30s, may have a speech impediment and has a lot of freckles.

Walla Walla police are investigating the incident and urge students and parents to immediately contact police if a similar situation occurs.

Officer Tim Bennett said the same students reported a similiar incident about six weeks ago.

Anyone with information about the possibly luring can call Walla Walla police through the non-emergency dispatch line at 509-527-1960.

Parents and school staff are also encouraged to talk to children about stranger danger procedures and remind them to never get into cars with strangers.

-- Paula Horton: 509-582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com