Yet another attempted abduction by a man in a red pickup truck was reported Sunday, but it does not seem the incident is related to two other reports made Sept. 14 and Sept. 22.
“We have had mixed descriptions of red trucks and of suspects,” Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said Monday. “But we want to caution parents about the reports, which have been in different areas of the county, and we want parents to talk with their kids.”
A 5-year-old girl was the target Sunday afternoon at a residence near the intersection of Rattlesnake and Dog Bar roads.
The girl was with her 3-year-old brother at her grandparents’ house and was playing in the side yard while her grandfather sat on the porch, said her mother, Christy McCully.
Her grandfather went inside to get a drink, and a man in a red truck pulled up alongside the yard.
“He asked her if she would help him find his puppy,” McCully said.
The girl told him no and ran into the house with her brother, then told her grandfather, who filed a report with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.
She described him as an older man, about her grandfather’s age, with a mustache, driving an extended-cab, “shiny” truck.
The description does not match a Grass Valley incident that was reported Sept. 22, when 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.
A Grass Valley Police officer contacted the driver, who reportedly said he thought the girl was an adult.
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, faded hair.
A similar incident of a man trying to lure a South County student into a red pickup truck was reported to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Sept. 14.
In that alleged attempt on Combie Road, the truck was described as a 1990s model Chevrolet long-bed with a white stripe and faded paint, Royal said. The driver was described as being 30 to 40 years old, with a goatee.
Royal urged anyone with concerns to call 911.
“If you see a suspicious vehicle, give law enforcement a call so we can respond as quickly as possible,” Royal said.
McCully said her daughter had been taught abut “stranger danger” at school, but she was surprised she took such quick action when approached.
“I’m very impressed with the way she responded,” McCully said.
“We’re all very proud of her.”
But McCully remained concerned that the would-be abductor remained at large.
“He’s not going to stop unless he’s caught,” she said.
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