Seattle police are investigating an attempted abduction of two children from an after-school program at a Queen Anne elementary school.
According to police, the suspect approached a staff member at the program housed at Coe Elementary, in the 2400 block of Seventh Avenue West, at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Thursday and said he was there to pick up two children.
The suspect knew the full names of both children and claimed he had been asked to pick them up by their father, who was reported to have had car trouble, police said.
The staff member followed protocol and told the suspect he needed to show ID in the program’s office before signing the children out for the day.
The suspect never showed up at the office, so staff contacted the kids’ father. Police were called after the father told employees his car had not broken down and he had not asked anybody to pick up his children.
Police said the suspect was described by staff as a light-skinned male in his late 40s to 50s, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, medium to heavy build. He was wearing a beige winter coat and a dark-beige baseball cap, and had gray hair, stubble and squinty eyes.
Police are looking at several leads in the case and continue to investigate.