Sheriff’s office investigating report of harassment |

Sheriff’s office investigating report of harassment

Nevada County investigators are asking for help from people who can identify a man who allegedly harassed a Magnolia Intermediate School student on her way to school, an official said Friday.

“It would be helpful if a person who recognizes this vehicle (involved in the alleged incident) would give us a call,” county sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith said. Anyone with information is asked to call the investigations division at 265-1263.

A 14-year-old girl reported that, while she was walking to school Wednesday morning on Lakeshore Drive North in Lake of the Pines, a man drove by her and offered her a ride.

He was driving a small, white Chevrolet truck with rust spots, Smith said.

The girl described him as a white man in his mid-40s, 5-foot-4-inches to 5-foot-six-inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with dark brown hair and a beard, Smith said.

“He mouthed to her, ‘Do you want a ride?’ She refused,” Smith said.

The man allegedly drove off, then turned around and drove past the girl, then turned around again, Smith said.

“He stopped the truck next to her, got out, removed things from the (passenger) seat and said, ‘Get in. Where are you headed?’ She told him, ‘It’s really none of your business,’ and he said, ‘No, seriously, get in the car,'” Smith said.

The girl then threw a tennis ball at the man and ran two blocks to a relative’s house, Smith said.

“He did not attempt to grab her,” Smith said. The girl told investigators she did not know the man, he added.

She later reported the incident to school officials, who informed parents.

Lake of the Pines security officers are reviewing video tapes of vehicles entering and leaving the development in an effort to identify the man, Smith said.

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