Deputies Search For Man Who Stalked Teen
Last Updated: 1323 days ago
Authorities were on the lookout Wednesday for a man who stalked and harassed a teenage North County girl twice over the course of a week as she walked along roadways near her school.The 15-year-old Rancho Buena Vista High student reported both episodes Tuesday, following the second encounter with the man, according to sheriff's officials.In each case, the stranger, who appeared to be in his late teens or 20s, approached the teen in a white full-size pickup truck with tinted windows, dirty fenders, a silver grille and a raised suspension, the sheriff's department reported.During the first incident, which occurred early on the afternoon of April 20, the man drove up alongside the girl, rolled down his window, stared at her and slowed down to match the pace of her walking.After about 30 seconds, he accelerated and began driving off, but stopped a short distance away and backed up until he was alongside the teen again. He then rolled down the passenger-side window of the truck and asked her if she needed a ride.The girl declined the offer, but the driver continued asking her if she would like to get into the vehicle, according to a sheriff's bulletin. The unnerved teen finally escaped the man's come-ons by turning around and walking briskly to a neighbor's home.A week later, the girl was again walking near her school about 1 p.m. when she saw the white truck parked roughly 100 yards in front of her. The same man then leaned out of the driver's side window of the vehicle, waved at the teenager and began backing toward her, prompting her to run off and seek assistance at a nearby home.At that point, the girl reported the encounters to the Sheriff's Department. She described the stalker as a man with a "medium" complexion, shaved head and "tribal style" tattoo on his left shoulder and biceps.Authorities asked anyone with information about the possible stalking incidents or any similar occurrences to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous.