Fresno girl, 11, escapes possible abduction attempt

FRESNO, Calif.

"I was going to my friends house because my grandma gave me permission and this guy stopped in front of me and asked me if I wanted to get into his car and I said no. So I started running and went into another persons yard." She said.

The girl, who we are not identifying then hid behind a bush. She said the man drove his pickup down the street than came back, as if looking for her, then left.

She said,"I went into a bush and they went way, way down there and I just started running home."

Once at her home, a few hundred yards away the girl told her grandmother, Geneva Mell, what happened. She called 9-1-1.

Mrs. Mell said the incident made her very "nervours." But she said she had warned all of her grandchildren to be careful. "I've always told them never get in a car with anybody I don't care who they are if you don't know them don't get in the car with them."

She was proud her granddaughter did what she was supposed to do.

"Right. Pretty brave little girl" She said.

Lt. Bob Miller of the Fresno County Sheriff's Department said the girl provided deputies a detailed and credible account of the incident.

"The deputy that investigated the case is pretty confident this occurred. We're taking this very seriously and again we were very fortunate she was able to provide us with very good suspect and very good vehicle information."

The suspect was described as a white male, in his 70's with long curly gray or white hair, and a beard. He was wearing a brown cowboy hat. His vehicle was described as a light brown pickup truck with black rims.

The little girl said she was afraid the man would come back for her.

"It was really scary and I hope and I pray a lot that it don't happen to me again, or anybody else." She said.

Sheriff's investigators will be looking for sex offenders who live in the area who match the suspect's description.

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