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DU Issues Crime Alert After Attempted Coercion Of 12-Year-Old

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University of Denver (credit: CBS)

University of Denver (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- The University of Denver is looking for a suspect and has issued a crime alert after an attempted coercion of a minor on campus during a school basketball game.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday an adult male approached a 12-year-old child at the Ritchie Center and told the child “Hi, my name is Jordan and your parents asked me to pick you up.”

The child indicated that his mother was just down the hall and the suspect left the area.

“We’re appalled that someone would be this brazen,” said DU spokesman Will Jones.

The suspect never touched the child.

“We’re glad this ended the way it did. But the ultimate thing is we want to get this person in custody because this person shouldn’t be on the streets anywhere, much less the University of Denver,” said Jones.

The suspect is described as a white male, 18-22 years of age, 5-foot-11, medium build with brown hair.

The suspect was wearing dark jeans with white scrape marks and a black hoodie sweatshirt.

The victim also said the suspect had two or three lanyards in his pockets and one was yellow and hanging several inches out of the pants pocket.

The Denver Police Department is assisting with the investigation.

The DU Department of Campus Safety urges parents and caregivers to follow these safety tips:

  • Never allow your children to wander away from your vicinity.
  • Remind your child to never go anywhere with an unknown person, no matter what the individual tells your child.
  • Develop a “password” with your child, a word that someone could use to legitimately pick-up your child up in the event you are unable to get your child.
  • If you observe a suspicious person or act, contact local law enforcement immediately, by dialing 9-1-1 for the police or 303-871-3000 for DU Campus Safety.

Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to call the Denver Police Department at 720-913-2000 or the DU Anonymous Tip Line at 303-871-3130.

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