Arvada Police warn residents of two recent attempted child abductions

Seeking possible witness in one case

ARVADA, Colo. - Arvada Police have issued a warning Tuesday to residents after two reported attempted child abductions.

On Monday at approximately 8 a.m., a female student from Jefferson High School who was on the Arvada West campus reported that she was approached by a suspicious man who attempted to abduct her.  The student was able to get away and reported the incident to the school and police.

Then, at approximately 6 p.m., Arvada Police were dispatched on a report of another attempted child pickup. Two boys, both 12-years-old, were approached by a man in a vehicle in the area of Terrace Park who asked them to approach the vehicle. The boys both left the park and told an adult who called police. 

"We’re very blessed that all three of the kids knew what to do and knew to get away from the situation and tell and adult right away," said Jill McGranahan, a spokeswoman for the Arvada Police Department. "It’s always a good idea to talk to your kids about stranger safety, remind them what to do if they’re approached by someone they're not comfortable with -- to scream and run and tell an adult."

All three victims described the suspect as a white or Hispanic, about 30 years old, approximately 5-feet 6-inches tall with short, dark curly hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt. All three victims said he was driving a light brown or tan four-door sedan -- possibly a Honda.  The car may have tinted rear windows, and a possible dent near the rear passenger tail light. 

There is a potential female witness to the attempted abduction on the Arvada West campus with whom the Arvada Police would like to speak.

Police are asking that anyone who sees this man or vehicle, or with more information, to call them at 720-898-6900.

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