Spokane Valley Police responded to a suspicious person call where a 10-year-old child stated a male talked to her in the toy aisle of Wal-Mart and told her she needed to leave with him.
The child was not grabbed, threatened or hurt, and quickly ran to an adult family member in the next aisle, said Deputy Mark Gregory, police spokesman.
The incident occurred Monday at approximately 3:15 p.m. Law enforcement responded to the store, located at 5025 E. Sprague, for a report of a suspicious male.
“The child did the right thing and immediately ran to an adult family member,” Gregory said.
Deputies checked the store and surrounding area for the male but were unable to locate him. The child was not harmed or injured and, with the information she and other witnesses provided, deputies believe they have possibly identified the male.
This information has been forwarded to the Spokane Valley Sexual Assault Unit for further investigation.
“Thankfully, this child knew exactly what to do when she was contacted by a stranger,” Gregory said. “We encourage you to take a few minutes to talk to your children about situations like this and explain/reinforce they should never go anywhere with anyone without first checking with a parent or guardian.”
For additional information on how to keep your children safe and for educational tips/tools, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Education webpage at missingkids.com/education.