Another stranger danger incident reported

There has been another incident where strangers approached students in the Ewa and Waipahu areas, bringing the total to six since last week Thursday, according to the Department of Education.

The latest incident happened on Friday morning.  The DOE says three Waipahu Intermediate students were walking on Hula Street to school when they noticed a white van following them.

There were two incidents on Thursday.

In Waipio on Thursday afternoon, two Kanoelani Elementary students said a woman in a black truck approached them.  And Thursday morning, an Ewa Makai Middle School student walking to school was approached by a man in a white van.

On Monday, a girl was walking home near Holomua Elementary in Ewa, when she was approached by a man walking nearby.

“An unknown male basically called out her name so she turned.  Another thing in this incident, her backpack had her name on it so he knew her name from her backpack,” said HPD Sgt. Kim Buffett.

He then told the girl to come with him or he’d kill her, but she ran home instead.

Last week, there were two instances of students being either told to get into a stranger’s car, or being harassed by a passing motorist — one in Waipahu, the other in Ewa.

“We do want the public to be aware and for students who are walking home whether alone or with someone to be aware of their surroundings,” Buffett said.

Police don’t think all six cases are related because some of the descriptions are different.

Police have stepped up their patrols in the Ewa and Waipahu areas.

Thankfully none of the students were injured in any of the incidents.

If you have any information that can help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.

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