Detectives search for man who grabbed young girl by the arm

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case in which a 12 year old girl said a man grabbed her arm as she walked home from her bus stop.

Investigators said the girl was walking along Mayfair, north of Hastings yesterday afternoon around 3:30 when the man grabbed her arm from behind.  She told a deputy that she kicked the man.  She said he ran away and she ran home. 

She told the deputy that the man tried to pull her back toward him but didn't say anything to her.

Investigators say about an hour later, the girl’s little sister was out playing with friends when she saw a man walking on Mayfair.  Believing it was the same man, she showed the man to her sister who confirmed he appeared to be the same person who attempted to grab her.

He's described as possibly 5’09-5’11”, slim build (155-175 lbs.), wearing a red jacket, similar to a North Face style jacket, black jeans and unknown color of shoes.

The Sheriff's Office said that at this time, it is not clear what the man’s intentions were, but investigators would like to talk to him to determine his intent.     

Anyone with information regarding similar incidents in the area, who can help identify this man, or may have home security video of the hime walking through the area is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10016296.  

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