CRIME

Child Predator Asks Boys, 'Do You Want To Be Scared?'

A predator has been roving around Puyallup, Washington state where he's tried to lure young children into his vehicle, police say.

On July 9 and 12, a suspect offered children candy and tried to grab them, Puyallup police said in a press release.

On July 9, the suspect approached an 8-year-old girl as she played with her 12-year-old brother in a parking lot, and offered her chocolate. When the brother approached, the suspect sped off.

Three days later on Sunday, the suspect got out of his vehicle to approach two 9-year-old boys walking near their homes. Police say he tried to grab one of the boys and asked them, "Do you want to be scared?" The boys ran away to safety. 

The suspect -- described as a white man in his 20s -- never abducted or physically harmed children, but police fear he may try again. On Thursday, Puyallup police released a sketch of the suspect along with a photo of a vehicle similar to the one he drove, according to a description by one of the 9-year-old boys. 

The vehicle is described as a silver Subaru hatchback with no license plate in the front and dark or purple tinted windows. The suspect, about 20 to 25 years old and weighing 150 pounds, was wearing a green, backward hat and a green and yellow long-sleeved shirt. There was also a girl in his car, about 16 years old with reddish blonde hair and glasses, police say.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the vehicle should call Puyallup police at 253-770-3343 or email at puyalluppd@ci.puyallup.wa.us.