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Crime Trackers: 'Stranger Danger' on Tucson's South Side

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A man approached a girl outside of her school earlier this week.

Pima County Sheriff’s detectives said he may have done it before. 

The man tried to get an 11-year old girl in his car near Pistor Middle School. He is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s. He was seen driving an older, white, four-door passenger car with possible rear-end damage.

PCSD said this same man may have approached another child in the area last month.

The Children's Advocacy Center is where children who have witnessed traumatic events are questioned.

Last March, a 15-year-old victim said a man exposed himself when she got near the vehicle. The incident happened in the area of Camino Verde and Drexel Road.

"It's really dangerous and scary," said Cholla High School student, Angelica Mendoza.

She walks to school daily and attends the same school as the first victim.

"It's extremely concerning knowing there are young girls who walk home by themselves who don't have their parents to be with them," she said.

Earlier this week, PCSD Det. Manuel Rios said the same man approached an 11-year-old girl near Pistor Middle School. 

"What he's doing is not something good," said Rios. "By any extent, we need to identify him because we don't know what this man is capable of."

A composite was sent out to parents of Pistor Middle School.

Tucson Unified School officials said security personnel and staff were made aware. They are keeping close tabs.

In the meantime, Rios said parents need to educate their children about stranger danger.

"It is important for them to walk away and to notify the police if any of these instances occur again," he said.

He praised the 11-year-old girl. He said she did everything she was supposed to do. She did not get near the man and his car. She walked away. She told her grandparents, who in turn went to the school and reported it to PCSD.

PCSD said it is very important to identify this man and get him off the streets before he harms someone. If you have information, you are urged to call 88-CRIME or 911. 

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