9OYS Crime Watch
High school sophomore approached by suspicious person
PCSD hopes new surveillance video will help identify man
Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Another suspicious person incident has been reported by a female to the Pima County Sheriff Department.
Sgt. Dawn Barkman tells KGUN9 the latest suspicious person incident occurred at the 4700 block of East Sunrise Drive and North Camino Esplendora for a reported suspicious person.
After Wednesday morning's incident, Morgan Gregory, the student at the center of today's incident, says she's scared to walk to school.
"He didn't give off a creepy vibe until he rolled down his window and asked if I needed a ride," said Gregory, a sophomore at Catalina Foothills High School.
The question made Morgan dash into the nearby Sunrise Market for help. It was all caught on surveillance video. Moments before that cameras also capture the guy's car roll through the parking lot, seconds before Morgan makes it to safety.
"With everything going on with this missing 6-year-old, I think it's really important to get this out there," Gregory said. "That he stops. Other children shouldn't go missing. I don't want to be one of them."
Morgan's mom Dalena Gregory tells 9OYS the latest incident is reason for concern.
"It's the same man, it's the same car," she said. "For a child to be that afraid not once, not twice..."
In fact, it's happened four times says Morgan. She tells 9OYS the same car, with the same driver has asked her to get in the car before. 9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked if she feels fortunate things haven't escalated? "I feel blessed," Morgan's mom said. "But this is such a horrifying feeling."
Catalina Foothills High sent out a stranger alert to all parents and students to let them know about Wednesday morning's incident. Morgan was questioned by deputies too, but it's a case the Pima County Sheriff's Department knows all too well. They've scoured the area before looking for this same person.
"I think we need to connect the dots," Dalena said. "They don't even know who it is yet."
The hope is new surveillance video can bring deputies one step closer to finding out who the man in this car is. In the meantime, Morgan tells 9OYS she's changing her routine.
"I'm not going to walk to school anymore," Morgan said. "It's scary to think something like this could happen so close to school."
The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his early to mid 30’s. He has a medium build and dirty strawberry blonde hair. He also has a full beard, about 1/4 inch which is also dirty strawberry blonde. The suspect has light colored eyes.
The suspect is believed to drive either a Honda or Toyota 4DSD, beige or tan in color. The vehicle is an older model “boxy” looking vehicle with no tint.
Anyone with information about the suspicious person is urged to contact 911 or 88-CRIME.