Sheriff's deputies seek man suspected of trying to exploit child in South Hill parking lot

Staff writerMarch 9, 2014 

Authorities are looking for a man they say tried to sexually exploit a young girl in a grocery store parking lot in South Hill.

The man asked people to have sex with the child, who appeared to be about 9, in exchange for money, according to Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers.

He was there with the girl about 8 p.m. Dec. 29 in the 16500 block of Meridian Avenue East, and fled with the child when a witness confronted him, detectives said.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, between 5 foot 8 and 5 foot 11, with a medium build and brown hair. He had unshaven facial hair, and was wearing a dark beanie hat, gloves, a dark hooded jacket, a Seattle Seahawks jersey with the number 35, and tan pants.

The child was wearing a dark beanie hat, a dark jacket, and bright blue pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Tips are anonymous and can result in a reward.

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