Crime

Man charged with luring Tacoma girl near school

A 16-year-old girl was walking from a friend’s house to meet her mother at a Tacoma school when an SUV carrying two men began following her.

The girl noticed the Ford Explorer make a U-turn on Sunday and slowly pull into a parking lot at First Creek Middle School, 1801 E. 56th St.

She had an uneasy feeling, so she sent her friend a text message saying, “Help me!”

Court documents gave this account of what happened:

The SUV stopped. The passenger got out, offered the girl a drink and asked her to get in the Explorer. The driver came around the back of the SUV and stood behind her so she was cornered.

Both men had their belts undone, their pants unbuttoned and appeared drunk.

The teen later told police she felt “trapped,” according to the court documents.

“There was no physical contact between her and the two males but it was clear they were not going to let her leave,” according to the records.

That’s about the time the teen’s mother and stepfather pulled into the parking lot and the friend came running to help.

The stepdad confronted the men and took the keys to their SUV so they couldn’t drive away. Instead, the men offered the family $500 to not call police and walked off when their offer was refused.

The teen’s mother called 911. Officers responded and searched for the men without success.

During the search, a “good Samaritan juvenile” led Luis Ramon Ramos Aguilar to police, who determined he was involved in harassing the girl.

On Monday, the 38-year-old El Salvadoran citizen pleaded not guilty to luring and unlawful imprisonment and was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Police have not identified the second suspect.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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