ANAHEIM – Police seek the public’s help in locating a man they say tried to get two junior high students to reach into his vehicle Friday morning.
The two encounters between an 11-year-old and a 12-year-old and a man in his 20s reportedly took place within an hour near Ball Junior High School as the girls walked to the campus, a police statement said.
About 7:30 a.m., an 11-year-old girl walking to school encountered the man near the intersection of Cerritos Avenue and Bayless Street.
Police say the man told the girl he had dropped something inside his car and asked her to reach into the vehicle, but the girl refused to stop and continued walking to school. The man reportedly followed the girl in his vehicle until she reached the campus.
About 8:20 a.m., a 12-year old girl called police to report encountering the man near the intersection of Cerritos Avenue and Bayless Street.
The 12-year-old girl said the man was standing near the vehicle and also asked her to reach into the car for something he had dropped. The man touched the girl on her shoulder, police said, at which point she ran to a nearby house and called 911 from her cell phone as he drove away.
Authorities believe the man may have been attempting to abduct the girls, the police statement said.
The girls were walking to school separately, police said, and did not know of the other person’s encounter with the man until officers began to investigate. Both said they did not know the man.
Authorities described him as a Hispanic man, 20 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-9, 160 to 165 pounds, clean shaven with a dark complexion and dark, collar-length curly hair. He reportedly spoke to the girls in Spanish and broken English, and was wearing a white T-shirt and light-colored jeans.
The vehicle was an older, black four-door compact vehicle with minor scratches on its passenger side. The car was dirty, with several tools inside, police said.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
By SEAN EMERY/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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