IRVINE – Police seek the public’s help in identifying a man who is suspected of exposing himself to several girls over the past two months, and who is believed to have followed a 12-year-old as she walked home from school on Tuesday.
A man contacted a girl as she walked home in the Paseo Westpark and Hearthstone area about 1 p.m., asking her for directions to a community pool, then following her as she ignored him, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said.
The man did not attempt to make physical contact with the girl, and did not expose himself to her, but continued to try to talk to her as she entered her home, Engen added.
Based on descriptions of the man and the vehicle he was driving, investigators believe it was the same man who exposed himself to several girls in January and February. The previous incidents were in the Woodbridge area.
On Feb. 12, investigators believe the man pulled up to two 15-year-old girls walking home from school near West Yale Loop and Warner Avenue. The girl’s had just split up, and when the man was unable to convince one of them to walk up to his car, he reportedly drove up to the second girl and motioned her toward the vehicle while exposing himself.
Similar incidents occurred on Jan. 17 and Feb. 4, police said, when a man drove up to girls in their early to mid-teens, asked them for directions and left his pants unzipped, exposing himself to them.
Authorities have released two composite sketches of the man, who they say is about 20 to 30 years old with light skin, and short, dark-brown hair. He is reportedly driving a black or dark sedan with tinted windows. According to witnesses, the vehicle had a license plate number that began with either “6NHB” or “6HNB.”
Engen said authorities have passed information about the incidents to parents of nearby schoolchildren, as well as the homeowner associations that cover the impacted neighborhoods.
Police advise parents to remind their children to be aware of their surroundings, to never approach occupied vehicles and to call 911 or yell for assistance if anyone approaches them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police department at 949-724-7200.
By SEAN EMERY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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