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Adults try to contact children, police investigate

LAWTON, Okla._A warning from Lawton police regarding several possible kidnapping attempts.

Lawton police have been made aware of five recent occasions where an unknown person may have tried to make contact with a child, one girl was reportedly grabbed.

On Sunday, April 12, a gray SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, was seen near an apartment complex at 610 SW 52nd Street. The driver got out of the vehicle and a child was seen walking toward it. The child was called back by the babysitter and no contact was made or attempted by the driver. It is unknown if the driver of the SUV lives at the apartment complex.

On Wednesday, April 15, a faded blue SUV, possibly a Ford, was seen at an apartment complex at 2510 NW 52nd Street. A male inside the vehicle was heard talking to a child and left when the child was told to come back inside.

On Friday, April 17, a white pickup truck with rust was reported near Elmer Thomas Park at Northwest 17th Street. A white male in the truck reportedly offered a ride to a young girl, she decline and he grabbed her shirt. An unknown witness yelled and the truck drove off.

On Tuesday, April 21, a black SUV, possibly a Ford Expedition, was seen in the neighborhood near Northwest 82nd Street and Rogers Lane. A child was seen walking towards the SUV before someone yelled for the child to get away. The SUV then left the area. It's unknown if the driver said anything to the child beforehand.

On Wednesday, April 22, a caller told police someone in a black Ford Explorer attempted to take a little girl near the 6400 block of Northwest Euclid Avenue, shortly after school let out. Police say that same SUV, or one fitting a similar description, is suspected in three other attempted kidnappings, all of which have happened within a three mile radius around the same time.

At this time, Lawton police do not have any further information on the intent or identity of the vehicles or people involved. They ask that everyone be aware of their surroundings and keep a watchful eye on where their children are and what they're doing. Report any suspicious activity or vehicles to police at 580-581-3271.

Lawton Public Schools' police force has also been made aware of the situation since they are occurring so close to elementary schools.

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