SKOWHEGAN — Police are searching for a red, older model pickup truck after the male driver reportedly grabbed a 14-year-old girl on North Avenue on Monday night.

A friend of the girl’s brother, who reported the incident at 7:15 p.m., said it appeared the man tried to pull the girl into his truck.

The girl said the stranger appeared to be about 30 years old and bald with a few days growth of beard, according to Skowhegan Police Chief Michael Emmons.

“He walked up behind her and pulled on her sleeve,” Emmons said. “She pulled away from him and just reversed direction, running.”

Emmons said the girl continued walking, taking different routes to try to stay away from the man. She said she thought he drove by her later on Madison Avenue by Cumberland Farms, possibly circling the area, but did not stop again.

“She was asked why she did not go right back home and she said she didn’t want the person to know where she lived,” Emmons said.

The girl contacted her father, who came downtown to get her. Police Officer Ryan Dinsmore was called to look for the truck while Sgt. Joel Cummings spoke to the family, Emmons said.

Emmons asked anyone with information on the incident to call the department at 474-6908.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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