A 10-year-old girl said she ran as fast as she could to get away from a man who chased her near her school bus stop in Pembroke Pines. NBC 6's Gilma Avalos reports.
A 10-year-old girl said she ran as fast as she could to get away from a man who chased her near her school bus stop in Pembroke Pines.
The fifth-grader, who got away unharmed, helped police come up with a sketch of the man after the Monday afternoon incident.
"I was very terrified. I was very scared," said the girl, who does not want her identity revealed.
Her bus dropped her off on the 200 block of Northwest 108th Avenue, Pembroke Pines Police said.
According to police, the man was sitting under a bush next to the sidewalk and when the girl walked past him, he began to follow her.
"He quietly got up and I heard his wallet chains make noise so I looked back (behind) me, and then he just started chasing me, so I ran as fast as I could, and then I went into my development," said the girl.
Recalling advice from her family, she acted quickly.
''Well, my mom told me if there's a stranger not to talk to them. If they're chasing you, scream help and say what they're doing,” she said.
After she screamed "help" and ran into her neighborhood, the man stopped chasing her, ran to a car and fled the scene.
The girl's father is proud of how she reacted.
"She's very outspoken, she's a great girl, she listens, she’s always aware of her surroundings,” he said. “So I think that really helped in this investigation because she was able to give a good description of what she saw.”
The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s, about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds, with short black hair, pierced ears and a pierced bottom lip with a blue hoop. He has tattoos on both arms and both legs and a heart tattoo on his neck.
Police said the man was driving an older model red faded Toyota Camry with a stripe across the back of the window, with a partial tag of 94.
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
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