A Tucson man was arrested Thursday, suspected of stalking a 14-year-old girl.
James N. Bland, 30, was booked into the Pima County jail and faces two felony counts, one of stalking, the other of failure to register as a sex offender. He is being held on $10,000 bond.
Bland is suspected of following the teen on at least three occasions, and at least twice trying to lure her into his car, Sgt. Pete Dugan, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.
The incidents occurred on Tucson’s east side between mid-September and mid-November last year.
In the first instance, the girl was walking home from high school in the area of South Camino Seco and East Kenyon Drive when a man pulled up and began talking to her and asking her to get in his car. The girl refused, and the driver sped away.
The next day, the girl took a different route home from school and saw the same car following her. The driver sped off without speaking to her.
Two months later, the girl was walking to school in the 900 block of South Sherwood Village, near the intersection of South Pantano Road and East 22nd Street, when the same man approached her, “driving the same vehicle, and began trying to speak with her again,” Dugan said.
“A neighbor witnessed the vehicle pull up to the victim, and she asked the victim if she needed help. The vehicle again sped away.”
Several days later, witnesses said, they saw the same vehicle in the neighborhood and wrote down the license plate number. The information led police to Bland.
Bland, whose last known address was in the area of East Redington Road and North Redington View Road, was previously convicted of indecent acts with a child and assault with sexual motivation at Misawa Air Base in Japan and in Tucson, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety online sex offender information center.
In April 2011, he was found guilty in Tucson City Court of assault. A case against Bland in city court is pending for a December arrest on charges of driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bland is 5-feet-11-inches tall, weighs about 185 pounds and has green eyes and brown hair. Tucson police are urging anyone who has information about the incidents of stalking or who has had a similar encounter with Bland to call 911 or 88-CRIME.