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Older Man Stalks 13-Year-Old: Police Probe

Stranger in his sixties offered ride to girl Wednesday in Tice Valley, then was apparently waiting for her on trail behind Walnut Creek Intermediate School Thursday.

Police are investigating reports of a stranger in his sixties apparently stalking a 13-year-old student, on Wednesday afternoon offering her a ride home and on Thursday afternoon waving at her on a trail behind Walnut Creek Intermediate School.

The Wednesday incident took place across town near Tice Valley Boulevard and Crest Avenue in unincorporated Walnut Creek, according to a press release from the Walnut Creek Police Department, which is investigating the case along with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

The white man is described as in his sixties with a medium build, short gray hair, a possible accent, high cheek bones and tanned skin, the WCPD reported. He was wearing a gray beanie with a red emblem on the front and possibly a short-sleeved shirt. On Wednesday, he was seen driving a faded red, older model compact sedan with a blue disabled placard hanging from the rearview mirror, police said. No license number was reported.

The following account comes from the WCPD press release prepared by Sgt. Tom Cashion:

At about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the girl got off a school bus near Tice Valley Boulevard. As the bus pulled away, the man in the faded red car pulled up alongside the teen. The driver asked how far she had to walk and asked if he could give her a lift. He asked where she went to school and she told him WCI and gave her name. Then he asked where she lived, and the girl ran home and the driver sped off.

The Wednesday incident was reported to and investigated by the sheriff's office. An email was sent to WCI parents. Bus drivers were given the vehicle and subject description. WCI Principal Mike Cannon advised parents to remind children about not talking to strangers or giving out personal information, as reported in the Crazy in Suburbia blog.

On Thursday, as school let out around 3:05 p.m., the girl was walking on the pathway from WCI to Civic Drive. She saw the same man waiting by the back gate on Civic Drive, police reported. He waved. The girl ran back to the school and called her parents. She was positive it was the same man. A friend with her confirmed seeing a man on the trail apparently waving at her. Walnut Creek police officers responded and searched the area but did not locate the suspect or the vehicle, according to the press release.

Anyone with information is asked to call the WCPD at (925) 943-5844.

Clayton Dewberry March 17, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I fully support the death penalty for convicted child molestors. No three strikes.
Jodie March 17, 2012 at 03:43 PM
As a parent of a WCI student I'm really pissed that the city took out our school resource officer so they could go babysit the drunks downtown on weekends. Maybe having a patrol car parked on campus and the officer walking around could/would help prevent this type of thing. Clearly Walnut Creek has the money (just read a story about spending $500,000 for traffic signs along Ygnacio). What is it going to take to put the safety of our kids before the fluff?
Creek Diva March 17, 2012 at 07:19 PM
This spurred a conversation about stranger danger with my son last night. Have your kids start memorizing license plates!
Mom of the Horde March 18, 2012 at 05:56 AM
I'm a WCI parent too... this isn't the first time that WCI students have been approached on the trail there. They REALLY need to have a staff member supervising that section of trail. If they can have 3 staff members babysitting the front of the school during drop off, they can spare at least one for the trail during dismissal.
Creek Diva March 18, 2012 at 06:00 AM
@Mom of the Horde, good points. I walk my son to Murwood, from the back entrance that feeds from the Iron Horse. Just recently I approached a man on a bike who was taking photos of kids walking home. Very strange, got to keep and extra eye open.
The Merry One March 19, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Adults loitering near the trail entrance to WCI and on its basketball courts after school is not news. Several years ago I volunteered with WCI students after school and was amazed at the number of adults that lingered on their bikes or by foot--just watching the kids, sometimes using the restrooms located near the gym. We instituted a buddy system, where the students were not allowed to use the restrooms/locker room without at least one other student/adult present. The WCPD said they couldn't do anything because the adults were not outwardly harassing the students. This was an after-school program, run by the city, so the school administrators said they couldn't do anything about it either. It was very distracting for us to continually be monitoring what adults were nearby--but better safe than sorry.
Rich Brunelle March 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
What you folks should be doing is standing out there with your camera taking pictures of loitering adults, just in case!
WC-Independent March 19, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I believe we could use some adults with a baseball bat on the trail. Start clobbering any of these weirdos.

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