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Deputies: Man follows girl into Vancouver school, smokes cigarette in classroom

Posted: Updated: Mar 03, 2016 08:29 AM
Deputies said a man was arrested in the backyard of a home after following a girl into Columbia River High School. (Photo: Clark County Sheriff's Office) Deputies said a man was arrested in the backyard of a home after following a girl into Columbia River High School. (Photo: Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Pini Nou, pictured in a 2001 booking photo after a misdemeanor riot conviction. Pini Nou, pictured in a 2001 booking photo after a misdemeanor riot conviction.
Columbia River High School in Vancouver. Columbia River High School in Vancouver.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A homeless man followed a girl into Columbia River High School, lit up a cigarette and sat down at a desk in a classroom, according to deputies.

Clark County deputies responded to the high school at 800 N.W. 99th Street in Vancouver at 12:27 p.m. Wednesday. 

Investigators said Pini Nou, 34, followed the student across the school parking lot and into the building. The student said Nou is completely unknown to her.

Nou walked past the school office without checking in, according to deputies, and followed the student through the school as she walked to her class. Deputies said he lit a cigarette as he walked behind the girl.

Investigators said Nou followed the student into a classroom and sat down at a desk, continuing to smoke the cigarette.

Junior Braylynn Marston was in that college prep class.

"We were just in class and then some guy just walked in through the outside door and he had loud music playing and he was smoking a cigarette, so I thought it was a student at first because I wasn't expecting an adult to just walk in the room," Marston told Fox 12. "The teacher was like, 'Um, excuse me, can I help you?' and then he like chuckled kind of creepily and just took off."

Marston said the student Nou followed inside is a senior, who she spoke with.

"She said that after she got off the bus to come to school this afternoon - it was a city bus - she saw him but she didn't think very much of it," Marston said. "But then it seems he followed her to class, so it's really creepy.'

When security was called to the classroom, Nou is accused of running away to the outside of the school, putting a ski mask over his face and becoming confrontational with the security officers.  

Deputies said he then ran into a neighborhood and was eventually caught hiding in the backyard of a home on the 400 block of Northwest 98th Street.

"We came out of the house and all of the deputies came roaring up here with their sirens blasting and they asked me did I see somebody running down the road and I said no, I saw someone going through the gate over in the neighbor's yard," neighbor Don Morgan said. "So they all surrounded [it] and went over there."

Nou struggled with deputies, according to the Clark County Sheriff's Office, and a Taser was used to take him into custody.

Nou was treated at the hospital for minor injuries and then booked into the Clark County Jail.

He is facing charges of criminal trespass and first-degree burglary, for unlawfully entering a building with intent to commit a crime against a person, according to the sheriff's office. He's expected in court Thursday morning.

Investigators described Nou as a transient. 

Criminal records show he was convicted of misdemeanor riot in 2001 for his role in a destructive New Year's Eve riot in downtown Portland, and was convicted of 4th degree assault in Washington in 2013.  

A Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman described the incident differently than detectives. She said the suspect entered the classroom directly through an exterior door and left the classroom as soon as the teacher told him to. 

Parents were called and emailed about the incident. The message home stated, "This afternoon an unknown male followed a female student into her classroom. The teacher asked the male to leave the classroom which he did. The young man was taken into custody by the Clark County Sheriff's Department off campus, shortly after the incident was reported." 

What's still not clear is why Nou followed the student inside in the first place.

On March 16, prosecutors decided not to proceed with charges in superior court and the case was remanded to district court. On March 29, following a pretrial hearing, a judge dismissed the misdemeanor case against Nou, as well. 

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