Spokane County Sheriff's sex crimes detectives want you to know about a child luring suspect who's attempting to accost kids at rural bus stops on the West Plains.
According to authorities, the suspect, described as a 55-year-old balding white male who drives a Subaru Outback station wagon. The suspect usually pulls up to a bus stop and throws down a variety of lines to children, ranging from he's searching for a lost dog to he's a photographer looking for an undiscovered beauty, authorities said.
The suspect has not being identified by authorities because he has not been arrested or charged with a crime, however a criminal records check of the individual deputies believe has been attempting to lure children at rural bus stops shows the suspect, since 1997, has been a suspect in 39 separate stalking, luring, trespassing or harassment cases, has been arrested nine times and has been convicted twice for criminal impersonation, once for indecent exposure and once for criminal trespassing.
The man has also been spotted in Spokane Valley where, just last week, deputies wrote him a speeding ticket on Dishman-Mica.
"Basically what he's doing is he's going up to young females and young boys as well, contacting them, it seems predominately through the passenger side window," Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.
This has happened at least four times during the past month, where the man pulls up to rural bus stops and tries to start up conversations with kids.
"Telling the young girls they're beautiful, asking the young boys if they want to see pictures, we're not exactly what the pictures are of, but obviously it has our attention," Chamberlin said.
Neighbors on Ritchie Road have already distributed fliers about the suspect's description. They realize if one of their kids gets into his car out on the West Plains there's just too many places to hide.
"The problem is, he's in remote areas and what concerns us if something happens, worse case scenario he has a lot of back roads where he can disappear rather quickly," Chamberlin said.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is trying to get enough evidence to arrest the suspect, but didn't want to wait before warning parents.
"I think it's our responsibility that when we identify a possible threat to the public's safety, especially the safety or children, that we give the parents and the children as much warning as possible and hopefully also let this individual know that we are watching his actions," Knezovich said.