Suspect tries to lure child into car in Stapleton

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DENVER – Police are looking for a man who tried to entice an elementary school student into his car in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood Wednesday.

The incident happened at about 3:50 p.m. in the area of 26th Avenue and Xanthia Street.

Investigators say the child was walking home from Westerly Creek Elementary School when a man approached on foot.

“The man briefly engaged the child in conversation and offered the child a ride,” said Denver Police Sgt. Eric Knutson in a release to the Stapleton Master Community Association. “Correctly, the child immediately ran away.”

After running away, Knutson says the child looked back and saw a white medium-sized sedan speed away eastbound on 26th Ave. and turn north into the Xanthia Street/Xanthia Court alley.

The suspect is described as a white male between 30 and 50 years of age with black hair, a scruffy beard, and wearing a dress shirt.

“The parents obviously trained this child well,” said Knutson. “Please ensure that your children are likewise well trained.  Please keep an eye out on your block and in the community for suspicious behavior that may be similar in nature, and call the police to respond.  Please do your best to get accurate physical descriptions of individuals, and as much vehicle information as possible including license plate information if you can do so safely.”

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