Child annoyance suspect still at large
(CNS) – A man suspected of exposing himself to several teenage girls as he has tried beckoning them to his car apparently struck again today, Irvine police said.
About 1 p.m., a man matching the description of the suspect approached a 12-year-old girl who was walking home from school near Paseo Westpark and Hearthstone, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said.
The suspect asked for directions to a community pool, but the girl ignored him and kept walking, Engen said. The suspect followed her in his vehicle and later got out of the car and tried to talk to the girl on foot even after she was inside her apartment, Engen said.
The suspect did not expose himself or try to touch her, Engen said.
The suspect’s vehicle also matched descriptions of prior incidents with teenage girls this year, Engen said.
Two 15-year-old girls told police a man driving a dark sedan approached them at separate times near West Yale Loop and Warner Avenue on Feb. 12.
The suspect pulled up to the curb and tried to get one girl to come to his passenger-side window, but she kept walking home, Engen said.
Moments later, the suspect exposed himself to the other 15-year-old as he tried to wave her over to his car near West Yale Loop and Stone Creek North, Engen said.
Investigators suspect the same man tried to approach two other girls in separate incidents on Jan. 17 and Feb. 4, Engen said. In those cases, the man whose pants were unzipped was on foot and asked for directions, Engen said.
The incidents happened in the Woodbridge area of Irvine near West Yale Loop between Barranca Parkway and Yale Avenue, Engen said.
The suspect has light skin, is about 20 to 30 years old and has short, dark brown hair, Engen said. The vehicle he was seen driving is a 4-door sedan with tinted windows, Engen said.
The vehicle’s license plate has some combination of 6NHB or 6HNB, Engen said.
Anyone with information was asked to call police at (949) 724-7200.