SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- The Spokane County Sheriff's Office said Friday they were looking for a man who approached a young girl twice in less than a week. Deputies were concerned the man may have pulled out a handgun in one of the incidents.
"Ahhh.... just makes me sick," said the girl's father, Eric Miller.
On Saturday, March 29, investigators said Miller's 12-year-old daughter and her 10-year-old friend were spending the night outside in a camping trailer when a man knocked on the door. One of the girls called her parents immediately but by the time her parents came outside, the man was gone, authorities said.
Then Thursday night, investigators said the girl was walking home from soccer practice near Opportunity Elementary when the same man drove up in a blue pickup truck and said “hello.” The girl was walking along 10th Ave. at the time, according to deputies.
The young girl ran to home nearby and the truck followed her, authorities said. The man then reportedly pulled out a handgun, put it on his dashboard, and told her to calm down.
"My daughter says he showed her the gun so she could see it," said Miller.
Deputies said the man told the girl he was not going to be around for much longer. The victim told the suspect to leave her alone multiple times as he was telling her to calm down, according authorities. The suspect eventually drove away, officials said.
The young girl described the man as white with a blond beard, stocky build, and dark hoodie. He was seen driving a blue pickup truck. Neighbors said they had seen a blue Chevy driving in the area recently.
Miller said his daughter is doing remarkably well, in spite of the scare.
"Doing remarkably well, I think we live in a day and age where you hear about it so much that maybe it's just less alarming."
The Central Valley School District sent out a letter to parents at three nearby schools. It explained what happened and reminded them of some safety tips for children.
Deputies said while the man has not committed a crime, they want to speak to him. Anyone with information was urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.