Man sought after suspicious encounter with teenage girl in Whittier

WHITTIER — Police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl reported a strange encounter with a man in a pickup truck as she walked to school early Tuesday.
Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean said the incident, which was being investigated as a “child annoyance,” took place about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday but was not reported until Wednesday morning.
The girl was walking on Whittier Boulevard near Strub Avenue when a man in a dark blue pickup truck with a camper shell with dark tinted windows passed by and waved to her, the lieutenant said.
The girl waved back, and the driver pulled over, rolled down his passenger side window and engaged the girl in conversation.
When the girl told the man she had to go because she was going to be late for school, he offered her a ride, Dean said.
She refused, and the man handed her some pocket change and drove off, police said.
Police wanted to speak with the man, who was described as Latino, about 35 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 200 pounds with a goatee.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Whittier Police Department.

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