SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.—The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office was looking for a man on Saturday who tried to approach a 12-year-old girl while she was walking home from school. Deputies said the girl told them the man followed her and flashed a gun.
Neighbors along 10th Avenue in Spokane Valley said it is a disturbing case. They said they were concerned that it happened so close to their homes where children walk from school every day.
Many of the people living near Opportunity Elementary School were shocked to hear that a man approached a young girl.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said the girl was walking on the side of the street when a man in a truck pulled up next to her. Deputies said the girl recognized the man and ran to a neighbor’s yard. Deputies added the man then pulled up next to her, told her to calm down and put a handgun on the dashboard of his truck.
"I thought personally it was pretty eerie. You don't usually hear about things like that in this neighborhood,” said neighbor Kim Peters.
The victim’s father told KREM 2 News on Friday that he thinks his daughter was being targeted. The father said his daughter thought she saw the same man come to their camper trailer at home in the past.
"The feeling of being out of control is the hard part, as a father you want to be able to can protect your children,” said the victim’s father, Eric Miller.
The Central Valley School District told parents on Friday what happened in a letter sent home.
The girl described the driver of the truck as a white man with a blond beard. She said he had a stocky build and was wearing a dark hoodie. She added the truck is a newer model and is dark blue.
The Sheriff’s Office was still looking for the suspect on Saturday.
If you have any information that could help deputies, call (509) 456-2233.