Crime

He left Walmart in a hurry after 2 girls screamed, cops say. Now he’s in jail.

Mitchell Wade Pritchard
Mitchell Wade Pritchard

A man who police say solicited two girls Monday at Walmart in Pass Christian is now behind bars, a police detective said.

Pass Christian police asked for the public’s help to identify the man seen on surveillance camera at the store on U.S. 90.

The girls reported he used “graphic language in a sexual nature” when he spoke to one of them about 8:25 p.m., Police Chief Tim Hendricks said.

Hendricks said the man fled after the girls let out screams.

On Friday, Detective Mike Burkett arrested Mitchell Wade Pritchard, 56, on a felony charge of enticement of a child for sexual purposes.

Pritchard, of Gulfport, is held at the Harrison County jail on a $200,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Diane Ladner.

Harrison County sheriff’s deputies assisted Pass Christian police in the arrest.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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