A La Crosse middle schooler reported a man threatened her with a knife as she was walking home from school Tuesday.

The Longfellow middle-schooler said a man in a blue dented truck parked his vehicle, opened the side door and showed her a knife at about 4:30 p.m. on the 1900 block of Denton Street while she was leaving school, police said.

The suspect is described as a white middle-aged man, 40 to 60 years old, with curly hair and a shoulder-length mullet, according to the police report.

He wore jeans, perhaps jeans shorts, a tan shirt and had a headband-type material around his neck.

The girl told police the suspect’s car had several dents: on the tailgate, above the license plate, in the area of the driver’s side door handle, and the driver’s side bumper and quarter panel.

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The victim also said the rear window of the cab was cracked: “It looked like a lightning-bolt pattern, with a spider-web pattern crack at the end.”

The middle schooler said the knife blade was about eight inches — 12 inches when including the handle.

The school’s cameras did not capture the incident because they’re motion activated.

Police are investigating.

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