Child approached by suspicious man after school in Oroville

Aug 21, 2014 5:10 PM by News Staff

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports that a suspicious man approached an 11-year-old girl, offering her a ride in his van, after she got off the school bus Monday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect was driving an older style white van near Dunstone Drive and Foothill Boulevard in Oroville, when he stopped and asked the young girl if she wanted a ride. The girl refused, but the man reportedly kept moving the vehicle forward to block the girl from crossing the street.

The girl, a student at Ophir Elementary, was eventually able to run around the van and get away. The school sent a memo to parents informing them of the incident Tuesday.

The driver of the van was described as a Hispanic male adult, with a scruffy beard, wearing a tan cowboy hat with a red and white bandana around his neck.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone that may have information to contact the investigation unit at 538-7671.

With the new school year underway parents should remind kids:

• Don't talk to strangers, even if they look safe.
• Never get in the car with a stranger
• Be aware of your surroundings
• There is safety in numbers. If you walk to or from school, it's best to walk with a friend or sibling.

Action News Now will have a full report on this incident tonight at 5:30 p.m.

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