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Man reportedly tried to lure girl into SUV in Nevada County

A man in a black 4Runner reportedly tried to lure a 6-year-old South County girl into his SUV Friday afternoon by asking her to help him find his dog.

The girl was playing in the front yard of the property, which is at the end of a long driveway, at the end of Knolls Drive, said her father, Jeffrey Stokes.

The man drove up at just before 4:30 p.m., and told her he lost his dog and needed help finding it, Stokes said.

“She said no and he took off,” he said.

The man, who reportedly drove off at a high rate of speed, also was seen by a 10-year-old boy.

The man was described by the girl as being shaved bald, possibly Hispanic, in his mid-30s, with a light brown soul patch, and wearing two silver hoop earrings.

The vehicle was described as a newer-model 4Runner with silver accents and a roof rack, with semi-tinted windows.

“We did an area check and issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory,” said Nevada County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt, adding that anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 530-265-1471.

Last September, a string of reported attempted abductions had Nevada County residents on edge.

Those incidents involved red pickup trucks, however.

On Sept. 14, a man reportedly tried to lure a South County student into a 1990s model Chevrolet long-bed with a white stripe and faded paint on Combie Road; the driver was described as being 30 to 40 years old, with a goatee.

On Sept. 22, a man reportedly tried to pick up a 13-year-old girl who was walking on Dorsey Drive near Segsworth Way, asking if she wanted a ride. That man was driving an older-model truck with yellow faded spots on the hood, and he was described as 20 to 30 years old with short, brown hair.

Approximately a week later, a 5-year-old girl at a residence near the intersection of Rattlesnake and Dog Bar roads reported that she was playing with her 3-year-old brother in the side yard when a man in a red truck pulled up.

He asked her if she would help him find his puppy, but the girl told him no and ran into the house with her brother.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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