What do you do? (a little long)
WHEAT RIDGE - Police are warning residents about a suspicious man who has tried to lure children away at least three times with stories of a lost puppy or an invitation to see a dog.
The Wheat Ridge Police Department issued a media release Thursday evening, encouraging residents to watch out for a 45 to 55 year old man, described as white with a tan. Witnesses told police he is thin, about 5-foot-10-inches tall and has short or balding hair.
Police believe the man has approached children three times at the following locations:
-4300 block of Field Street at a vacant lot in a residential area
-11700 block of W. 34th Avenue at a park by the restrooms
-3900 block of Wadsworth Boulevard at a McDonald's Restaurant
Police say each incident happened in the mid-afternoon and the man approached the children with stories about a lost puppy or going to see one. All of the victims so far have been seven to 10-year-old females and the man has asked them personal questions, according to investigators. None of the victims were hurt.
According to descriptions of the suspect, he wore different clothing in each incident and no vehicle was seen.
Anyone with information about the man is asked to call the Wheat Ridge Police Department's tip line at 303-235-2947 or call 911.
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Scenerio #1- after watching this story on the news the other night, you are eating lunch in a Burger King that happens to be in this part of town. As you're chowing down on your Whopper and fries, your attention is drawn to a young girl (you guess about 5 y/o) talking to a rather nervous looking older man kneeling down in front of her. They are too far away and the room too crowded to hear what is being said. The girl is looking around the room, and continues to do so even as the man takes her hand and starts walking across the resturant with her. They are going to pass close by where you are sitting, then it's just a couple of steps and they're out the door.
Scenerio #2 - same as above, except that you recognize the girl as someone in your neighborhood, or maybe from church (you aren't quite sure). You don't remember her name, but can't recall ever seeing her with this man.
Scenerio #3 - You know this young girl fairly well, and her immediate family (siblings and parents). You've never seen her with this man.
You are armed with your EDC, cell phone, and a hot cup of coffee. Unfortunately you can't follow them, since you walked over from work. What do you do? How does your reaction differ with each scenerio - or does it?