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Man Tries to Lure Young Girl at Kennewick Bus Stop

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KENNEWICK, WA - Police say a young Kennewick girl did exactly what she should have done, after someone tried to lure her into their car.

Police say she ignored the stranger, went home and told her mother who called police.

Police say the 12-year-old girl was waiting at a Ben-Franklin Transit bus stop at 10th Ave. and Union St. in Kennewick.

The girl described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 20 and 30-years-old, she says he stopped his car and asked her if she needed a ride.

Police say this is a learning opportunity to warn kids about luring and remind parents to call police. 

"Well sometimes these can be innocent misunderstandings first of all adults gotta know, you don't ask girls that you don't know, young girls if they need a ride. It makes you very suspicious in nature and number two, parents need to take this opportunity to sit down, talk to their kids about what to do," Kennewick Police Sergeant, Ken Lattin said. 

Police say the suspect in this luring incident was driving a small teal colored four door. They are not dealing with an increase in luring cases, but reporting them can help keep the bad guys off the street.

Ben-Franklin Transit officials say kids as young as 6-years-old are technically allowed to ride the bus on their own, but of course they do not really see that happen, but middle schoolers do fill up public transit of a daily basis.

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