Registered sex offender suspected of stalking 14-year-old girl - Tucson News Now

Registered sex offender suspected of stalking 14-year-old girl

Bland (Source: Tucson Police Department) Bland (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson Police arrested a registered sex offender suspected of stalking a young girl on her walks home from school.

Authorities said 30-year-old James Bland allegedly approached the 14-year-old girl on three different occasions. The suspect drove a large grey vehicle near Camino Seco and E. Canyon Drive on Sept. 16, reportedly asked her to get in the car, then sped away after she declined, according to a news release. The next day, the same suspect allegedly drove by the girl, who took a different route home, then drove away after she turned around.

On Nov. 12, the girl walked to school in the 900 block of S. Sherwood Village and police said the suspect tried to talk to her again, but left the area when a neighbor saw him and asked the girl if she needed help. Some witnesses later saw the car in the neighborhood and gave police the license plate number.

Child Sexual Assault Unit and Sex Offender Registration and Tracking Unit detectives linked the car to Bland, who they discovered did not update his current address.

TPD detectives and the U.S. Marshals booked Bland into the Pima County Jail on Jan. 16 on charges of stalking and failure to register.

Anyone with information on similar incidents is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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