Delta Police reported that on Tuesday, Oct. 4, between 7:15 and 7:20 p.m., a 12-year-old girl was offered a ride by a man she did not know as she was waiting at Delta Middle School after returning from a sports event. When a teacher walked up, the man drove away. He is described as a white male in his 40s, wearing a cowboy hat. Witnesses said the truck was a white Dodge diesel extended cab with a fifth wheel tailgate.
The next day, Wednesday, Oct. 5, Montrose Police got a report from a 13-year-old girl who had a brief confrontation with a white man in his 40s driving a white Dodge pickup truck.
The girl was walking near South Eighth Street and Park Avenue. The man, according to police, told the girl to get in his truck and if she didn’t, “he would get out of the truck and grab her.” The girl then ran to Columbine Middle School, four blocks away, and reported the incident.
Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn and Delta Police spokeswoman Jamie Head said the public should take precautions and ensure their children’s safety. Both Chinn and Head said they strongly suspect a connection between the two incidents but don’t have definite proof yet.
Montrose and Delta police are cooperating in investigating the incidents, Head said.
“We do have officers working with Montrose right now and feel they are possibly connected and we are preparing to do some further notification,” she said. “I think any time there is an incident like this it always a good idea to step up your awareness and keep an eye out there.”