Vancouver police responded to a call involving a suspicious man and a little girl on Thursday.
Officers were dispatched to the Marketplace Apartments after getting a report of a white man holding the hand of a Hispanic girl who was screaming, police said.
The witness, who was at the Post office, saw the child across the street on Caples directly behind the apartment complex, police said.
She was approximately 2 to 3 years old and the man was holding her hand.
The witness approached the two of them and asked the man if he was the child's father and he said, "No," police said.
According to investigators, the witness then asked if he was related to the child and the man replied back "What does it matter?"
The witness said the man identified himself as "Jim."
He did not have an accent and the man walked away north on Caples, police said.
The little girl ran back into the apartment complex and into the arms of a man believed to be her father, police said.
A responding officer checked the area, but did not find the suspicious man.
In addition, the officer worked with the manager of the apartment complex to find the child and father without success, detectives told FOX 12.
The suspicious subject is described as a tan complected white man, about 5'7" tall, with dirty blonde hair and a scruffy face, police said.
At the time of the incident, he was wearing jean coveralls with a hole in the left knee and a buttoned up jean shirt.
Police want to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children and be aware of suspicious looking people.
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