Three separate incidents during which Moreno Valley middle and high school students were accosted by men who tried to tempt
the youths into joining them to use drugs were under investigation today.
The first reported encounter occurred on Tuesday morning when a man approached two girls and a boy en route to Moreno Valley High School, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The suspect asked the trio whether they wanted to try some drugs, but the teenagers ignored him and continued walking to school, sheriff’s Sgt. Larry Gyll said.
Later that same day, a man approached a girl walking home from Vista Del Lago High School, near the intersection of JFK Drive and Thyme Place, and asked whether she would like to come with him and “smoke weed,” Gyll said.
He said the youth ignored him and witnessed him engage other students nearby.
In both instances, the suspect was described as black, in his 30s, around 6 feet tall and 200 pounds with short hair, wearing T-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
On Wednesday afternoon, a female student from March Middle School told authorities that as she was heading home, a man pulled alongside her in a blue or gray Nissan Altima, asking whether she needed a ride.
“ The male exited his vehicle and approached the victim,” Gyll said. “The victim ran away and notified her family of the incident,”
The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his 30s, about 5-foot-8, heavyset with a mustache, wearing a black hat and sunglasses.
According to Gyll, investigators are attempting to determine if the incidents are related to similar encounters reported by teens a the end of last month.
Anyone with information was urged to call the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station at 951-486-6700.