Lakewood sisters stop luring attempts by locking themselves in family car, hitting man with shovel

Two young sisters locked themselves in the family car when a man tried to lure them from home, and the youngest whacked him with a small shovel when he returned, Lakewood police said.

Police spokesman Chris Lawler gave this account:

The man showed up at the girls’ Lakewood home Nov. 8, and the 6-year-old and 8-year-old locked themselves in the family car. Their older sibling screamed and the man ran away.

When the man came back the next day, he grabbed the 6-year-old’s hand and said he was going to chase her. When she hit him with a shovel and screamed, he ran off.

The girls’ father later spotted the man crouched between cars outside the home. Police found the man in an abandoned shed and arrested him.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell