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UPDATE: Sheriff’s Department calls for help in finding child-annoyance suspect

Posted: October 18, 2012 11:09 a.m.
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:05 p.m.
 

 

 Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau asked for the public’s help Thursday in finding a suspect in two separate local incidents of “child annoyance” on Monday, an investigator said.

The cases are classified as “child annoyance” violations because neither child was touched or harmed, but both were frightened by the encounters, said Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Special Victims Bureau.

Investigators are looking for a black male between 22 and 30 years old who is 5 foot 8 to 6 feet in height.

About 3:10 p.m. Monday, a 10-year-old girl was at Old Orchard Park waiting for her parents to pick her up when “she came across a male sitting on a park bench,” Hudson said Thursday.

“The male asked the little girl where her parents were. She didn’t answer. The suspect then tells her, ‘Your parents sent me to pick you up.’

“This scared the girl and she ran toward the park area where, incidentally, her mom was waiting for her.”

“The second incident happened about 3:30 in the afternoon, about three blocks away from the first incident,” Hudson said.

“It involves a 14-year-old girl who was walking around the area of Orchard Village Road and Wiley Canyon Road when she was approached by a suspect who asked her if she wanted an ice cream. She told him ‘no’ and continued walking.

“He followed her and began making inappropriate, unwanted comments,” he said. “She did the right thing as well and continued walking away. She managed to hide from him until we got there.”

Hudson said he believes the same suspect is involved in both incidents.

Asked about a local school website that reported alleged attempted abductions of children on Meadowridge Drive in Newhall and in the Tesoro del Valle area, Hudson said:

“I saw that information this morning and I do not know where that information came from. It is not accurate as far as this case is concerned.”

The notice was no longer posted online Thursday.

Anyone with information about the cases that happened Monday is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273 or SpecialVictims@lasd.org.

jholt@the-signal.com
661-287-5527

 

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