Police looking for suspect in two attempted child lurings

Police looking for suspect in two attempted child lurings
The Port Townsend Police Department is looking for this man in connection with two attempted child lurings.

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. -- The Port Townsend Police Department has released a sketch of a man suspected in two attempted child lurings earlier this month in Port Townsend.

According to police, an 11-year-old boy was walking near Blue Heron Middle School around 8 a.m. Oct. 2 when a windowless white van drove up to him. The boy told police the driver, a man with a gauge-style earring and no front teeth, offered him candy.

Almost exactly one week later, an 11-year-old girl was riding her bicycle a few blocks from Blue Heron when a white van pulled into the bike lane, blocking her path, according to police.

The driver of the van reportedly told the girl her mother had instructed him to give her a ride to school. But, the driver didn't know the name of the girl's mother, and she refused to go with him.

Despite differences in the victims' descriptions of the van and its driver, the Port Townsend Police Department is investigating these cases as if they're related.

Police have increased patrols around Blue Heron, and there haven't been any attempted lurings reported since Oct. 9.