Neighborhood on alert after two stranger danger incidents on SW side

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 8:23 AM MST|Updated: Jul. 20, 2016 at 12:28 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Parents on Tucson's southwest side are on edge after two separate stranger danger incidents.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, a man tried to lure two boys into his car near the Drexel Heights neighborhood in the 1600 block of W. Capistrano Road on Monday, July 18.

[READ: Pima Co. Sheriff's Dept: Suspicious person alert on the southwest side]

Deputies said the man drove up to the two 10-year-old boys near Valencia and Cardinal, and tried to lure them into his vehicle.

He attempted to get them in his car with the promise of $5 each, but both boys refused and the man drove away.

He is described as white, in his 40s or 50s, with blond hair, and was last seen wearing a UA baseball hat.

He may have been driving a newer model, gray Volkswagen Beetle.

But something similar happened in that area not too long ago.

On July 14, about 5 minutes away, a man tried tried to get another 10-year-old boy to cross the street and come over to him.

Sheriff's department spokeswoman Dep. Courtney Rodriguez, said investigators usually hold off on releasing these alerts too quickly, so that detectives can do all their interviews and gather information. But, in this case, the second alert was issued immediately because of the proximity (time and location) to the previous stranger danger incident.

[READ: Sheriff's deputies investigate stranger danger incident]

In the July 14 incident, a man was standing across the street from the boy's home in the 7300 block of South Mule Deer Road, near South Cardinal Avenue and West Los Reales Road, and asked the boy several times to come over to where he was.

The boy refused and went inside to tell his mother.

That man is described as white with short gray or light-colored hair and some sort of mark on the right side of his face just above his upper lip. He was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans with holes in them.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating these incidents as separate cases.

If you know anything about either of these cases, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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