Police seek two who allegedly accosted girl

Posted: Sunday, February 28, 2010

Police are seeking information about two suspects who allegedly asked a juvenile girl if she needed a ride on two separate occasions.

The Juneau Police Department received a report Thursday of a suspicious man and woman who drove by a girl in the area of Riverside Drive and asked if she wanted a ride on two separate days. The young girl declined and the man drove away on both occasions.

Police said the suspects talked to the girl on Feb. 18 near Stephen Richards Memorial Drive and on Feb. 23 near Melvin Park. There were no other reports of the suspects attempting to contact other juveniles in the area.

Police describe the man as a Native Alaskan with short black hair. The woman was described as white with long, straight, dirty-blond hair. Both of them looked to be about 19 or 20 years old, according to police.

The vehicle they were in is described as a black sports utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Explorer. The girl described the vehicle as being a flat black, not glossy black like most cars. The windows were not tinted but they had black spray paint around the edges, according to police.

The Juneau School District was immediately advised of the incident and is working with students and parents to remind them about contact with strangers. Officers have increased patrols in the area.

Anyone with information about the suspects or the vehicle is encouraged to call the police department at 586-0600 or Juneau Crime Line at 586-4243.

Parents should talk to their children about contact with strangers, safety in numbers and to stay in well-lit areas when walking outside, according to police.

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