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Police investigating possible child enticement at Meridian restaurant

Investigators say a 13-year-old girl believed that a man was trying to lure her into the men's restroom out of public view.
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Meridian - Police are asking for the public's help identifying a man who may have tried to lure a 13-year-old girl into the restroom at a Meridian restaurant on Saturday.

The incident happened at about 4:45 p.m. at The Counter on E. Monarch Sky Lane in the Village at Meridian.

According to Meridian Police, the 13-year-old girl was eating at the restaurant with family members.

The girl told officers she went to use the restroom, but as she approached restroom, an older man, reportedly in his 60s, told her the women's room was occupied, but she could use the men's room.

The girl said "no thank you" and began to walk back to her table, police said. The man then reportedly said "Hey, come here."

Investigators say the girl was scared that the man was trying to lure her into the men's restroom out of public view.

She immediately told her mom about the incident, and her grandmother tried to find the man, who was already gone. They contacted security, who then called police.

The suspect is described a white man, possibly in his 60s with short white hair. He was wearing a black baseball hat and a black vest over a grey jacket or sweater.

Police say they have been unable to access security video camera footage at the restaurant, but are still working to recover it.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who saw someone fitting the man's description is asked to call police at (208) 888-6678.