Police investigate two incidents of a man trying to entice boys into his car

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ARVADA, Colo. -- Police in Arvada want to warn parents in the northwest metro area that twice in four days a stranger has tried to entice two children into his car.

It happened Sunday and then again Wednesday. Descriptions of the suspect are similar.

It's every parent's fear--their child leaves home--never to return.

"I've told them it's not a game. It's not pretend. This is very, very serious and you could very well not come back," says mother, Carisa Lovorn.

She's spoken to her three kids about "stranger danger."

"They sent letters, email, phone calls. I've been notified at least 10 times today," she says.

And now, the Jefferson County School District wants to make sure all parents talk to their kids about this danger too.

It sent out notices Thursday to parents of students from 15 schools in Arvada.

"It's very disconcerting when this happens in your community," says Jill McGranahan, spokesperson for Arvada Police.

She says a man tried to entice two boys, two separate times, into his car.

"Both incidents he enticed them with candy, which seems very cliche. It obviously still happens," she says.

The first time on Sunday happened about 8 p.m. near 77th and Terry Ct.

"It's messed up how they like entice you with something. Try to get you to fall for something like that because you know kids like candy," says Adrian DeLeon, the father of a 5th grader.

Then, Wednesday about 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Fitzmorris Elementary at 6250 Independence St., police say the man tried enticing another child after basketball practice.

Neither kid fell for it.

But it makes parents very uneasy.

"The fact that it is in your neighborhood, and it's not a one-time incident, the possibility increases. So how much more likely is it going to be that one of my kids is not coming home after school one day?" questions Lovorn.

The two boys describe the suspect as a white man between 20 and 40 years old, with brown hair, driving a royal blue 4-door sedan.

Police and the school district wants parents to make sure their kids know what to do if this happens to them:

  • yell
  • run away
  • immediately tell an adult

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