Tacoma man suspected of attempted child luring not arrested

Staff writerMay 14, 2014 

A 34-year-old man suspected of trying to lure a middle school girl in Tacoma earlier this week allegedly told police he was new to the area and trying to make friends.

The Truman Middle School principal sent home a note to parents Tuesday informing them of the incident, which happened Monday morning on Pearl Street, about three blocks from school.

The man approached a 13-year-old girl and asked her name, phone number and whether she’d like to hang out, Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The girl declined and continued on to school. She did not report the incident to a school administrator until Tuesday, after the man was allegedly waiting for the girl at the bus stop hoping to walk her home.

Police contacted the man Tuesday but did not arrest him. The investigation is ongoing, Cool said.

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