ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Arvada have released a sketch of the man they believe has been trying to lure children into his car.
Police say twice this week the man approached children near Warder Elementary School and Fitzmorris Elementary School.
The incidents happened last Sunday and this past Wednesday.
In each case the man offered the kids candy and asked them to get into his car.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’9”, thin build, sandy or brown hair and late teens to late 30s in age.
The second victim described the suspect as not having facial hair, but the first victim described him as having a thin beard and mustache.
The Arvada Police caution that people can change in appearance by growing their hair out, cutting and/or dying it, wearing disguises, i.e., wigs, and shaving or growing facial hair.
Neighbors are vowing to keep their eyes out for anyone looking suspicious.
The vehicle used in these incidents is described as a royal blue – similar to the blue worn by the University of Kentucky – 4-door sedan, possibly from the mid 90s.
It may have dents on the passenger side rear door and may have half of the rear wheels covered with a “skirt” similar to those seen on a 1996 Cadillac Deville.
Police in Arvada ask parents to remind their child to yell, shout, run and immediately tell an adult if he/she is approached, whether it is at school or outside of school. They should also notify the police and school if he/she sees anything suspicious around the school or neighborhood.
Parents should stress to their child the importance of going straight to school in the morning and directly home immediately after dismissal or leaving the bus stop.
Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter home with all Arvada students on Thursday to notify parents of these incidents and to remind them of the importance of talking with their child about stranger danger and being aware of their surroundings.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Arvada Police at 720.898.6900.