May 8, 2012 7:27 PM

Sheriffs investigating 'suspicious activity' in northeast Pima County

TUCSON - The Sheriff's Department is seeking assistance from anyone who has information about a suspicious incident this morning to ensure that all involved parties are safe.

At about 7:30 a.m. today, Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a report of a teenage male riding a bicycle, being chased by an unknown man in a van, according to a news release from the Department. The incident occurred in the area of Ocotillo Drive and Webster Street, in northeast Pima County.

Witness accounts indicate the juvenile evaded the van, and then both left the area - the juvenile on foot. The bicycle was recovered at the scene by deputies.

The van is described as white, or tan and white, and possible a Volkswagen or older-style Ford. The rear of the van is described as flat, with no windows along the sides, and a front windshield that appears tinted, the release states. It is possible that the van had plates from Washington State, and it is described as having extremely loud exhaust.

The driver is described as a tanned Caucasian or Hispanic man, about six-feet tall, 180-190 pounds, and clean shaven. He was seen wearing an outback/bush-style hat, hiking shorts, and hiking boots.

The boy is described as a Caucasian with medium-length brown hair, last seen wearing a black or navy blue hooded sweatshirt or windbreaker, dark blue sweatpants with a white vertical stripe on the side, and white tennis shoes. His last known direction of travel was south from the incident.

The bicycle that was recovered from the scene is a 26 inch, 21-speed TRIAX model PK7. The serial number on the frame ends "5442."

"At this time the Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate what occurred and is trying to make contact with anyone directly involved to verify that all parties are safe," the release states. "We are seeking assistance from anyone who has information about this incident or can identify any of the people or vehicles involved."

Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.

PIctured: The bike recovered by PCSD

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