PASCO, WA.- 8-year-old Tierra O'Brien and her eleven year old cousin usually make their way to and from Maya Angelou Elementary School in Pasco by themselves. But, after a scary encounter with a stranger on Friday, Tierra is worried about making that trek on her own.
"A little bit scared, scared that it might happen again," said Tierra O'Brien.
O'Brien and her 11-year-old cousin were walking to school Friday when they saw a man standing by some trees on Sandifur Pkwy.
The two girls were heading down Valdez Ln. and turning onto Sandifur Pkwy, one was on a bike and the other one was on her scooter. That's where they say a man grabbed the 11 year old's arm.
"He grabbed my cousin's arm and we ran off and when we got to school she still had a red mark," said O'Brien.
The girls immediately told a school staffer and administrators reported the incident to Pasco Police.
"The girls did the right thing by reporting what took place once they got to school," said Capt.. Jim Raymond, Pasco Police Department.
Police searched the area surrounding the school for the man. The girls described him as a white 40-year-old with a medium build, wearing a black sweater.
"It was possible that the suspect, if you will, was just reaching out as they were going around to get them around him on the scooter" said Capt.. Raymond.
Police have not identified the suspect. Captain Raymond said although the man may not have been trying to harm the girls. It's a prime example of what children should do if this happens to them.
Still, Tierra's mother is worried. She's given Tierra a whistle to wear around her neck and a phone that only makes emergency calls to police in case something like this happens again.
"I don't like feeling discomfort having to go to work and not know whether my kid, whether she's going to be safe or not," said Christina O'Brien, Tierra's Mother.