A student walking to Mason Middle School on Thursday morning told authorities that a man tried to order him into his car near the intersection of North 27th Street and Mason Avenue.
A message from school officials asked parents to notify Tacoma Police if they spot the suspect. According to police, the man was described as a light-skinned, bald, black male about 30 years old with a long gray beard, who was wearing a black-and-white checkered button-up shirt. He was driving a greenish-gray older SUV.
Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool gave this account:
The 12-year-old boy arrived at school late and out of breath. He said he had missed the bus and walked to school.
The boy said the vehicle drove up to him with the passenger-side window rolled down. The driver spoke through that window and said, “Hey you, get in.” The boy did not recognize the driver or car so he ran to school and did not look back to see if the car followed him.
As of 4 p.m., the driver and vehicle had not been located.