Police urge caution after child is approached by stranger

LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department is urging the public to be vigilant after a student said she was approached by a stranger while walking along Hardy Street in Lihue Friday.

The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. fronting the Lihue County Park tennis courts. The female student said she was walking from the bus stop to her nearby home, when a man in a white sedan pulled up and asked if she needed a ride home.

The student refused the man’s offer and continued walking. She said the vehicle continued to follow her until she reached her home, when the vehicle apparently drove away.

The subject was described as an Asian male with a dark complexion, crew cut haircut and a goatee. He is believed to be in his 50s.

The vehicle he was driving was described as an older model white four-door sedan. The license plate is not known.

“In light of this report, we are urging parents and educators to please talk to your children and students about stranger awareness and safety tips, particularly for those students who walk to and from school,” said Darryl Perry, chief of police.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Police Dispatch at 241-1711. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call CrimeStoppers at 246-8300.

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