Police issue stranger warning

LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department is urging the public to be vigilant after three students were approached by a stranger in separate incidents near Hanalei and Eleele elementary schools.

The most recent incident occurred Tuesday, when a student, walking from the Hanalei School cafeteria to a classroom during after-school hours, was approached by a Caucasian man with short blonde hair in a black truck. He invited the student into his vehicle, but the student immediately ran away and reported the incident to the school’s counselor.

In September, a Caucasian man with a fair complexion in a black SUV approached two students walking from Eleele School to Melemele Road and offered them a ride. The students refused and the man drove away.

No further details of the subjects or vehicles are known at this time.

After the incidents were reported to police, parents and staff of both schools were notified.

“In light of these alarming reports, we are urging all parents and educators to talk to your children and students about stranger awareness and safety tips, particularly for those students who walk to and from school,” said Acting Chief of Police Michael Contrades.

Anyone with information on these incidents is urged to call Police Dispatch at 241-1711. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers Kauai at 246-8300.

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