Man in Car Approaches Calabasas Girl, in 2nd Such Incident in a Week, Detectives Report – Calabasas
Man in Car Approaches Calabasas Girl, in 2nd Such Incident in a Week, Detectives Report
Authorities believe a man who apparently attempted to trick 11-year-old girl from the Oaks into his car on Wednesday could be the same person who approached 10-year-old boy in Hidden Hills on Jan. 19.
A man in a car reportedly approached an 11-year-old Calabasas girl on Wednesday afternoon, and authorities say he could be the same man who harassed a 10-year-old boy walking home from school in Hidden Hills on Jan. 19.
The man, who reportedly was driving a red Nissan Titan, pulled up to the girl, who was walking to her home in the Oaks gated community from a nearby park at about 1 p.m., said sheriff’s Detective Matt Dunn.
The man told the girl that he was asked by her mother to pick her up and give her a ride, Dunn said.
The girl ran down the street and hid in some bushes, and the suspect drove away, Dunn said. She immediately reported what had happened to her parents.
Dunn said the same phrasing was used by a man last week who approached a 10-year-old Round Meadow Elementary student while the boy was walking home from school.
“We do believe there is some similarities with the Hidden Hills incident that occurred one week prior, but we’re still in the process of gathering additional information, making additional contacts,” he said.
The boy in the Jan. 19 incident refused to get in the man’s vehicle, described by authorities as a white Chevrolet van with a yellowish ladder on the roof.
Dunn said both incidents are classified as child annoyances.
“We’re not certain what the intentions of the suspect are; however, it is concerning,” he said.
According to the descriptions both children gave, the man is age 40 to 50, Latino, and possibly has a moustache. He reportedly has a silver tooth on the upper left side of his mouth and a tattoo on his right forearm or wrist.
Authorities released a sketch of the man on Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dunn at 818-878-5542 or call the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 818-878-1808.
This is not the type of news we normally share on our website but this is important. As both a resident and concerned parent I would like to help spread the word about this guy. The sooner he is stopped the better. Please stay safe.