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Officers make contact with driver who allegedly tried to pick up 13-year-old

Jennifer Terman
Staff Writer

Grass Valley Police officers have made contact with a Grass Valley man who allegedly attempted to pick up a 13-year-old girl, and a report has been filed with the department, officers said.

The mother of the 13-year-old girl reported around 8 p.m. Sunday that a subject pulled up next to her daughter, who was walking on Dorsey Drive near Segsworth Way, in his truck and asked if she wanted a ride.

The incident reportedly happened at 11:30 a.m., but the mother did not find out until 8 p.m., said GVPD Sgt. Joe Matteoni.

On Monday, an officer on patrol contacted the driver, who reportedly claimed he thought the girl was older than 18 years of age.

A report was taken, and the man was identified as an involved suspect, Matteoni said.

Two police activity logs reveal an incident around 8 p.m. Sunday and confirm the following day contact and that a statement was made.

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Later, the mother called back and said the truck was in front of the house, and it was the same man. Officers noted the man resides in the area.

"He was still in the area, which is an apartment complex," said Matteoni. "We don't really have a crime as of right now."

A similar incident of a man reportedly trying to lure a South County student into a 1970s red pickup truck was also reported to the Nevada County Sheriff's Office Sept. 14, The Union previously reported.

Matteoni said the reports were made by two different people, and both agencies are collaborating to determine if the incidents are related.

"We don't know if it was the same guy, and I'm not going to speculate on that," he said.

"Our detectives are working together to see if they are related.

"As of right now, we have it documented and know this guy. He has been identified, and we feel comfortable about that," he said.

"We identified the older dated red pickup with yellow faded spots on the hood, and he was described as 20-30 with short, brown, faded hair."

Matteoni offered the following safety tips for parents to share with their children: Be aware of their surroundings and make sure a parent knows where they are at all times.

"If they have to go somewhere by themselves, let people know where they're going and what route they're going to take," Matteoni said.

"Hopefully, they will stay in groups and be aware of those around them, and parents will also keep an eye on their kids."

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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