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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

LASD Requests Community Assistance to Find Suspect

BY SUZANNE GULDIMANN


Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station detectives are asking the community to be on the alert for a suspect wanted in connection with two possible child abduction attempts in neighboring communities.
“Two separate incidents of a man approaching [or] annoying children in the neighboring communities of Hidden Hills and Calabasas appear to be the same suspect,” said Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station Detective Matt Dunn.
The public is asked to view the sketches of the suspect based on the victim’s descriptions and immediately notify detectives of any information that could possibly help identify the man.
According to a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department press release, the first incident occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at about 12:30 p.m. near Round Meadow Rd. in Hidden Hills, when a ten-year-old boy, who was walking home from a nearby elementary school, was approached by the suspect, who was driving a white Chevrolet van with a yellowish ladder on top.
The suspect reportedly leaned toward the open passenger’s side window and told the victim that he had been sent to pick up the boy by his mother. The boy ignored the suspect and kept walking. The suspect then drove away. The boy reported the incident to his father as soon as he got home.
The second incident occurred at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. In the second case, an 11-year old girl was walking home from a nearby park inside a gated community in Calabasas, when she, too, was approached by the suspect.
This time, the man was driving a red Nissan Titan. The bed of the truck reportedly held a lawnmower, a grass trimmer and a rake.
The truck was observed to have a pine tree-shaped air freshener hanging from the rear-view mirror, a round, black sticker on the left quarter panel between the wheel and the taillight and “a round orange sticker with green writing” located on the tailgate, described as possibly being company logos.
The suspect drove up to the victim and told the girl he was asked by her mother to pick her up and give her a ride.
The girl ran down the street and hid in nearby bushes, and the suspect drove away. She quickly went home and reported it to her parents.
“Approaching and annoying children can be a criminal act and detectives would like to question the suspect regarding his intentions,” said the detective .
“We don’t know for certain what the intentions of the suspect are, but his actions cause considerable concern.” The suspect is described as a 40-50 year old male, and he possibly has a moustache. One child reported the suspect has a silver tooth on the upper left side of his mouth, while the other child reported that he had a tattoo on his right forearm/wrist.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detectives Dunn and S. Rule at 818-878-1808.
The sheriff’s department recommends that parents take time to discuss safety with their children.
Updates on the case and more information, including safety tips, ranging from advising children to travel in groups when walking or biking to suggestions for setting up neighborhood “safe houses” where children can seek help, is available at the LASD website: www.lasd.org, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, www.missingkids.com

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