A man has repeatedly tried to get a Mesa View Middle School student into his car on three separate occasions as she walked home from school, officials reported.
The man, described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, approximately 60-65 years old, pulled up alongside the 13-year-old on Tuesday Sept. 11 just before 3 p.m. near the intersection of Calimesa Blvd. and Myrtlewood Dr. The suspect asked the girl if she needed a ride, she told him no and the suspect drove off.
Upon returning home, the victim told her legal guardian about the incident, prompting the adult to call the Calimesa Police Department, Sgt. Alan Meservey added.
Officers learned this was the third incident in recent weeks involving the teenager and the suspect.
An employee at a fast food restaurant near the intersection witnessed one of the incidents, a sheriff’s press release stated.
The suspect is described as having several age spots on his face, slicked-back grey hair and was wearing prescription glasses. His vehicle is described as a newer white sedan.
Mesa View Middle School has alerted students and parents of the incidents.
The Calimesa Police Department advised children and students to always walk in groups of two or more and to be aware of the surroundings.
“Never enter a vehicle with a stranger and always walk in common areas, staying away from deserted buildings and parking lots,” Sgt. Meservey said.
Anyone with further details about this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Dion Davis at 951-922-7100 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 800-950-2444.
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