San Diego police released a composite sketch on Thursday of a man accused of following a 12-year-old girl in Tierrasanta.
According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the girl reported noticing the man following her along the 4000 block of Santo Road at around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24.
The girl told police that she crossed the road multiple times and the man continued to follow her, also crossing the road.
That's when the girl confronted the man and told him to stop following her, police said. The man told the girl he wanted to talk to her, but she told him to leave her alone and continued walking.
SDPD said the girl turned down a residential street, and when she noticed the man still following, she confronted him a second time. When the man approached the girl, she struck him and ran away.
She hid in a bush and waited until the man left. Then she was able to run home and tell her mother about the incident.
The suspect is described as about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build and appeared to be in his late 20s. He was wearing a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt over a white shirt and blue jeans with cheetah pattern-framed sunglasses on his head at the time of the incident, according to SDPD.