PHOENIX - Phoenix police are reminding parents to talk to their children about “Stranger Danger” after an incident involving an 8-year-old girl in Phoenix.
According to Phoenix police, the victim had just gotten off her school bus near 13th and Campbell avenues around 1 p.m. Wednesday and was walking toward her home when a pickup truck stopped and the driver opened the door.
According to police, the driver wasn’t wearing any pants, exposing himself and masturbating in front of her.
The girl ran home where she met her father who was just arriving home.
The father got back into his vehicle and began to follow the suspect as he drove around to another neighborhood, near 19th Avenue and Indian School Road.
Police say the father watched as the suspect began to drive slowly near another young girl in a school uniform, but for some reason the suspect suddenly sped away and the father lost sight of him. The father, however, was able to get the license plate of the pickup truck.
He called Phoenix police and records showed the vehicle belonged to Danny Ray Jones and that Jones, 62, is a registered sex offender.
Phoenix police detectives went to Jones’ home and waited for him to return.
Around 6:30 p.m. a patrol officer spotted Jones’ vehicle in the area of his home, driving on the wrong side of the road, and the officer stopped him.
Police say Jones admitted he was in the area where the victim had been walking and admitted to being naked and masturbating.
Jones was booked into jail on one count of indecent exposure, a class 3 felony.
Phoenix police commended the girl and her father for their actions and say the incident is an important reminder to have conversations with children about “Stranger Danger.”