UPDATE: Shoshone Police close child enticement investigation

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SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - UPDATE:
The Shoshone Police Department have closed their investigation into a possible child enticement case.

According to the chief of police, a 9-year-old girl reported Tuesday around noon she had been approached the Sinclair gas station in Shoshone and offered $14 if she got in a man's car.

The Shoshone Police Department looked over security footage and time stamped receipts from the gas station and conducted interviews before concluding the events did not occur.

"We are happy that nothing did happen, but again we don't want to discourage anyone from calling us and letting us know when they feel that they're in danger," said Chief of Police Cliff Katona.

Katona thanked the community of Shoshone with its help providing information to the department via phone and social media.

He also said he's proud of his team, and the work they put into the investigation.

UPDATED STORY: Following more investigating, Shoshone Police learn a man approached a 9-year-old girl a little after 12 p.m. instead of the previously reported 1 p.m. They are still seeking the suspect and urge parents to talk to their children about safety and stranger danger.

"We can't keep our kids or grand-kids on a chain. We can't be with them 24/7, it's almost impossible," said Cliff Katona, chief of Shoshone Police.

Katona said he understands things can happen, but there are ways to avoid it.

"If you see something suspicious or someone approaches you, you need to do exactly what this young lady did," he said.

According to police, a girl was with her two friends at the Sinclair gas station in Shoshone, buying candy. A receipt from the store says the transaction took place a few minutes after noon Tuesday, instead of when the girl said 1 p.m.

Surveillance video from a gas station across the train tracks show the girl running out of the store. Video from the scene did not show the north end of the building.

"She did give us a description of a white SUV. We did learn that there was a white Suburban in the area," Katona said.

They are still looking at neighboring businesses for more video.

Katona said although Shoshone is a smaller town, things can still happen.

"We have five major highways that come through Shoshone. Lots of people commute from up north, they travel south to work," he continued. "We have multiple amounts of traffic coming through here with people from out of the area."

Resident of Shoshone Mike Withers has three teenage boys. After learning about the incident, he was surprised.

"Shocked that something like that can happen here," he said.

He had some advice for parents as well.

"If some stranger is approaching your kid, tell them to get out of there, to ignore them, to find a public place and to tell somebody about it," Withers said.

Police are still looking into the case. Katona said if something like this were to ever happen, report it to the police immediately. The area's Southerns Idaho Regional Communications dispatches to many counties.

"We have multiple agencies that could be looking for this vehicle in that small amount of time," Katona said.

The description the girl gave police said he was in his 30s.

"Tall, approximately 6-foot, thin build, dark hair, thin dark mustache, wearing a black jacket or sweatshirt or blue jeans," Katona described.

If you have any information regarding the incident please contact SIRCOMM at 208-735-1911.

ORIGINAL STORY:
A 9-year-old girl tells police she was with her friends in front of the Sinclair gas station around 1 p.m. Tuesday when she was approached by a Hispanic male in his 30s.

She and her uncle later went to police to report the incident around 5 p.m.

According to the Shoshone Police Department, the man offered her $14 to get in the car with him but she screamed and ran away.

She described the man to police as roughly 6-foot, 2-inches tall in a plain black jacket and blue jeans. His clothes were dirty and he had short skinny faded black hair and a mustache.

Police say he may possibly be driving an SUV.

The girl escaped unharmed.

"Tell your children to be safe and make sure that they know the differences between strangers and suspicious behavior," Kyle Fischer said, a patrol officer with Shoshone Police.

If you have any information regarding the incident please contact SIRCOMM at 208-735-1911

Police say they expect to release the surveillance video Wednesday.




 
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