In an attempt to identify a possible suspect in a complaint filed by a 16 year old girl about a suspicious man near a bus stop, an investigator with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office this morning conducted a stakeout near that location. (For more on the complaint, see the copy of yesterday’s release below).
The investigator did not observe any suspicious vehicles matching the description given by the girl. While there, he noticed the girl and her mother arrive to wait for her bus. The detective approached them and asked — since they were at the scene of the complaint — if the girl could help re-enact the incident.
The girl was immediately hesitant with her response and her ability to provide any additional information. Within a few minutes, she admitted to the detective and to her mother that, while she did see a vehicle matching that description in the area yesterday, she fabricated the story about the driver’s attempted interaction with her.
The girl was arrested for falsifying a police report and was released to the custody of her mother.
St. Tammany Sheriff’s investigators are speaking with a 16 year old high school student and her family today after the girl reported that an unknown individual stopped to offer her a ride as she was walking to her bus stop this morning.
The girl said she was on Palmetto Street (off N. Causeway Service Rd) at approximately 6:30 this morning when the incident occurred.
The man is described by the girl as a white male in his 30’s driving a small teal green colored pickup truck. The girl reported that when she refused his offer of a ride, he drove away. The girl was alone at the time.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information that may be useful to the investigation to call Det. Scott Davis at 985-276-1320.