An unknown, suspicious man allegedly approached a 9-year-old girl outside an elementary school in Fallbrook and tried to get her into his car, deputies confirmed.
According to investigators, the alleged incident happened Thursday around 4 p.m. at La Paloma Elementary School located at 300 Heald Lane.
Deputies say the student was standing in front of the school waiting for a family member to pick her up when a man in a white truck stopped next to her. The man allegedly attempted to coax the girl into his vehicle, while partially covering his face.
The man did not get out of the truck and the young girl did not get in. Instead, deputies say the girl backed away from the truck. She was not injured.
The parent of another student helped the girl, took her to the principal’s office and called the Sheriff’s Department.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they spoke with the student. Deputies say the girl described the suspect as a heavyset white man between 40 and 50 years old, with redness on his skin in the neck and arm area.
The Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation is asking anyone with information on this case to contact authorities by calling (760) 451-3100. Anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.