Phoenix police warn parents about suspicious man in van

An officer gave chase after a man spoke with a girl at a schoolbus stop, then fled

Phoenix police are warning parents that a suspicious man was seen talking to a girl waiting for a school bus near the intersection of South Pacific Highway and North Rose Street on Friday.

An officer on patrol at around 7:45 a.m. Friday saw the driver of a light brown 1986 Toyota van stop near the intersection of Highway 99 and North Rose Street in Phoenix and talk to a girl, who backed away from the van. When the van's driver saw the police officer, he drove away, Phoenix police said in a news release Monday.

The officer followed and stopped the van for a traffic violation. The driver gave police what was later determined to be false information, then, when asked to get out of the van, sped away, police said.

The officer chased the van into Medford, but ended the chase near the WinCo parking lot, through which the man in the van drove recklessly before pulling back onto Riverside Avenue, police said.

The girl from the bus stop wasn't harmed and was able to pick a possible suspect from a photo lineup, police said.

The case remains under investigation and police remind people to be on the lookout of suspicious vehicles or activity.

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