By Doug Petrowski
Mountlake Terrace police are continuing to investigate two incidents in the past two weeks involving young women being pursued and threatened by strangers in vehicles.
On the morning of Friday, April 27, a female Edmonds-Woodway High School student reported she was nearly hit by a white van with gray stripes in the parking lot of the Lakeside Apartments, 6102 St. Albion Way, in Mountlake Terrace. She was then followed by the van as she continued on to her bus stop. The student changed course and headed back home, contacting her parents and then the police.
Its natural for the young lady to be shaken up after an incident like this, said Mountlake Terrace Police Department Commander Doug Hansen. The student was able to report that the van contained two heavy-set men with dark hair and mustaches. Mountlake Terrace police are asking for anyone who might have witnessed the incident or anything unusual that morning in the vicinity of the Lakeside Apartments to contact them at 425-670-8260.
Police are also pursuing leads in the attempted kidnapping of a 23-year-old Lynnwood woman around 1 a.m. Thursday, April 12. The woman told police she was walking home in the 4600 block of 212th Southwest when three Hispanic men in their mid-20s pulled alongside her in a purple 1990s Saturn sedan. One of the men — described as having a goatee and wearing a white shirt and black pants — asked her if she needed a ride, then attempted to pull her into the vehicle. The woman escaped, ran home and called 911. Mountlake Terrace police also ask that anyone with information on this case contact them.
Police say there is no known connection between the two incidents.