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Stranger tries to lure Lanikai Elementary student into car

LANIKAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Windward Oahu community is on alert after a man tried to lure a Lanikai Elementary School student into a car earlier this month. Parents showed up at the public charter school on Wednesday to watch their children in a Halloween parade. Many are spooked by the news of a predator on the loose.

"It is very disturbing that something like that would happen with so many people out about watching so it makes me very nervous," said parent Cari Kreshak.

The incident happened at about 6:45 p.m. on October 13. A 10-year-old girl was walking a dog with two siblings and a friend. According to them, while they were at a cul-de-sac on Alala Road, a man in a red jeep drove up and stopped for a few minutes. The three younger children ran home. The man eventually pulled up alongside the girl and the dog as she waited to pick up the pet's droppings. The suspect started honking at her and told her to get in. According to her family, she refused and he said, "Get in, or else." When he started to get out of the vehicle, she screamed for help and he drove off.

"It caught me off guard and to be honest, it really angered me. It was a very bold attempt in a residential area," said a community member named Angie.

This comes less than six months after two other incidents at Kainalu Elementary School. In May, a man was staring at a student during recess, but drove away in a white vehicle when a teacher approached. A few days later, a stranger tried to lure a girl into a white vehicle.

After this latest scare at Lanikai Elementary, the school notified parents in a newsletter and warned students at a daily assembly. The suspect is described as a heavy-set male with short hair.

"It's an important reminder that our children need to be alert, that they need to always know never to get in a car with anyone they don't know, no matter what they say, no matter what they threaten," said Angie.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases.

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