Lacey

Man tries to lure Lacey boy with promise of $100

Man tries to lure Lacey boy with promise of $100
LACEY, Wash. -- A boy in Lacey says a stranger offered him $100 to get in his car near his school Thursday morning, and now police are swarming the neighborhood trying to find the man responsible.

Parents and grandparents showed up at Olympic View Elementary School in the afternoon to personally escort their kids home after what reportedly happened a block from school.

"(The man) started off with talking through the passenger door saying, 'Hey, you want to make $100?' " said Lt. Greg Elwin with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.

The man reportedly opened the door and further tried to lure the boy in with toys.

"The boy said, 'no, I'm not into it,' stepped away from the car," Elwin said.

Courtney Schrieve with the North Thurston County School District said it was lucky the boy knew about safety with strangers.

"He got away and as soon as he got to school he went in and told the office what had happened," she said. "And two girls apparently had seen it."

The man is described as white, in his 30s, clean shaven with short blonde hair. He was wearing a light blue short-sleeved short with a white bird logo, blue jeans and a dark blue brimmed hat. He was driving a silver four-door sedan similar to a Saturn.

Some families said they were worried.

"I'm going to go grab them now and take them home where they'll be safe," said Sandra.

While others were angry.

"I think I see some (expletive) like that going on I'm going to kick someone's a--." said Brandon Frawley. "You know, seriously."

The sheriff's office says it'll continue with its high-profile presence, and detectives are at work trying to track down leads because they believe this is a credible report.

"It's very disturbing," Schrieve said. "And I think as a mother of two myself, the whole Ohio thing came to mind and the fact that it could be so easy."

The school and sheriff's office say as terrible as this event was, it's a good reminder for all about keeping kids safe and walking in pairs.