Deputies on look-out for man who tried to lure student walking home from school

Del Norte High student was shaken up but not hurt
Posted at 6:46 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 00:54:52-04

4S RANCH (KGTV) -- Student safety was a major topic of conversation at Del Norte High School Thursday, the day after a 15-year-old girl was followed and bothered after she left campus the day before.

10News spoke to other students about their fears.  Micaela Rafael is a junior at the school.   

"We were just really scared," she said. "Yeah, just really scared. We didn't want to go outside by ourselves anymore."

The unidentified victim was walking home Wednesday when she heard a whistle.  A Latino man in his 40s with short black hair with some grey in it, pulled up alongside her; trying to coax her into his truck.   

Del Norte principal Greg Mizel told 10News the girl was pretty shaken up.  

"Clearly, she'd been rattled and understandably so," Mizel said. "It's a bizarre thing; to be in a situation like that, and a frightening thing."

The act of pulling out her cell phone and calling her dad sent the man on his way.

The student gave a description of the man and his truck to authorities. She described an older orange pick-up with a square front and some tools and what appeared to be artificial turf in the bed.

Ray Harmon was at school to pick up his daughter and a friend to take home. 

"It's a dangerous place we live in but it's a safe neighborhood and as parents," he said. "We want to make sure the school communicates on a daily basis."

Harmon said the entire family talks about staying safe; following the guidelines as suggested in the note to parents.  

"Just be aware of surroundings," he said. "Understand that at any time bad things can happen to you. There (are) ways to avoid danger."