Boulder police boost patrols after girl says a man has tried 3 times to lure her into his car

Suspect drives light silver BMW sedan

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police are increasing patrols after a 14-year-old girl reported that the same man has tried three times to lure her into his car during the past four weeks.

The latest incident happened about 5:15 p.m. Monday, said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel. The man driving a light silver BMW sedan followed the girl as she walked along Broadway near Spruce Street.

The girl said the man stopped the BMW in the middle of the street, then called and motioned for her to get inside, Kobel said. The man spoke both Spanish and English, and told the girl that he'd give her a ride.

The teen ignored the man.

The man drove to a nearby street, turned around and again tried to persuade the girl to get into the car.

The girl went into a nearby business and asked for help. The business owner saw the BMW, but was not able to see a license plate before the car drove away.

On Tuesday, police released a sketch of the suspect, a Hispanic man in his late 40s. The girl said he has dark skin and eyes, thick eyebrows and was wearing a dark green long-sleeve shirt.

Police also released a photograph of the type of car he drives, a newer-model, light silver BMW 5-series four-door sedan.

While Boulder police just learned of the alleged stalker, the girl said Monday was not the first time the man had approached her.

The girl said three weeks ago, the same man began honking his car horn at her as he was stopped at a red light. He tried to entice her into his car at Broadway and Alpine Avenue, Kobel said.

About four weeks ago, the girl said a man who she believes was the same suspect tried to persuade her to get into his car near Viele Lake.

During all three luring incidents, the girl says she ignored the man and kept walking.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tom Dowd at 303-441-3385. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on this suspect may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

Police reminded community members to call 911 immediately if they see anything or anyone who seems suspicious.

Police offered these safety tips:

  • Walk in groups and in well-lit areas.
  • Make sure children know to never, ever get into a car with a stranger.
  • If a stranger approaches a child, they should run away and yell for help.
  • If a stranger tries to take a child, the child should yell, “Help! This isn’t my mom” or “This isn’t my dad,” and try to get away. Bite, kick and scratch if necessary.
  • Report suspicious incidents immediately.
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