By Gina Yarbrough
Pine Valley, CA–The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a suspicious man who approached a 12-year-old girl in a park last week in East County.
The incident happened on June 9 just after 9 p.m. at the Pine Valley County Park, located in the 28000 block of Old Highway 80.
A 12-year-old girl was at the park for a movie screening and accidentally left some personal belongings behind once the event had ended. After returning to the park on her own and retrieving the items, the girl was approached by a man who asked for her name. She gave the man a false name as she continued to walk away. After receiving the false name, the man told the girl that her mother had given him permission to pick her up. The girl immediately fled and notified her friends and family. The man did not follow her. The girl was not hurt.
The man is described as tall with a heavy build, and wearing a hoodie.
Deputies searched the area but were unable to locate anyone matching that description.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.