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Report Received Of Possible Child Enticement

Post Date:01/08/2018 4:45 PM

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On Friday January 5th, 2018 at 4:48 pm the West Des Moines Police Department was notified by a representative of the West Des Moines Community School District of an incident involving a student.

The West Des Moines Community School District stated they were emailed by a parent stating their 12 year old student was approached by an unknown male in a vehicle in the 5500 block of E.P. True Parkway while they walked home from school. The male asked the student to get into the vehicle to which the student refused and ran home.

West Des Moines Police Officers made contact with the student and their mother. The student stated they did not see the driver but believed the voice was a male and described the vehicle as 4-door Chevy Dually Pickup with a Green Bay Packers receiver hitch cover.

The West Des Moines Police Department is working with the school district and family to actively investigate this incident and provides the following reminder of safety tips for students walking home from school:

  • Remain aware of surroundings, and limit use of headphones when walking alone;
  • Walk with a friend or in a group, when possible.
  • Avoid cutting through parking lots or areas which are not well-lit or within sightlines of roads.
  • Report to an adult any time a stranger has approached.
  • If the student feels an immediate threat, call 911.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the West Des Moines Police Department at (515) 222-3399, TEXT A TIP to (515) 344-0726, or provide a tip online at: http://www.wdm.iowa.gov/government/police/crime-tips

 

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