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Bainbridge police investigating reports of stranger approaching children
The Bainbridge Island Police Department is investigating two reports of an adult approaching students on Wardwell Road over the past two days.
The first incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday, March 17 while students were walking home from school on Wardwell Road between Sportsman Club Road and McRedmond Road.
Police said a white male driving a dirty white pickup truck stopped and offered the students some ice cream. When the students said no, the man drove away.
The second incident occurred at about 8:20 a.m. Friday, March 18, and also took place on Wardwell Road, according to police. A white male driving a dirty gray four-door sedan stopped and asked a student where the student was going.
Bainbridge police were told of the incidents early Friday, and the two incidents remain under investigation.
Bainbridge Chief Matthew Hamner is reminding parents to talk to their children about being approached by strangers.
“In such a small and close-knit community, it’s easy to forget that dangerous situations can still occur,” Hamner said.
“It’s important for parents to teach children to be wary of potentially dangerous situations – this will help them when dealing with strangers as well as with known adults who may not have good intentions,” he said. “Help children recognize the warning signs of suspicious behavior, such as when an adult asks them to disobey their parents or do something without permission, asks them to keep a secret, asks children for help, or makes them feel uncomfortable in any way. Also tell your children that an adult should never ask a child for help, and if one does ask for their help, teach them to find a trusted adult right away to tell what happened.
Hamner said parents should also talk their children about how they should handle dangerous situations.
“One ways is to teach them ‘No, Go, Yell, Tell.’ If in a dangerous situations, kids should say no, run away, yell as loud as they can, and tell a trusted adult what happened right away,” Hamner said.
Islanders who have any additional information on the incidents, or would like to report any suspicious activity, should call 911.