Parents warned of man who followed female student in Santee

Posted at 7:30 AM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 17:41:44-04

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) - Parents in Santee are being warned of a man who approached a young girl as she walked home from school Wednesday afternoon.

Santee School District officials said a Chet F. Harritt School student was walking home alone just before 3 p.m. when a man she did not know approached her on Prospect Avenue, between South Slope Street and Clifford Heights Road.

The girl told officials that the man asked her to get into his vehicle, but she refused and ran to a nearby home to hide. The girl said the man followed her for a bit before driving away.

The man was described as white, in his 50s and had brown eyes. He was driving a black, four-door sedan.

District Superintendent Kristin Baranski, in a letter to parents, said:

"Please continue to make sure your child walks to and from school with a group of students and remind them that if they are approached by someone that they do not know, they should not interact with the person(s) and to go to a safe place nearby. They should always report this type of an event immediately to you, the Sheriff's Department, and the school.

If you or your children notice suspicious activity in your neighborhood or have any further information, please contact the San Diego Sheriff's Department immediately at 858-565-5200."

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident and is doing regular patrols of the area.