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Parents in Calimesa-Yucaipa Warned of Man Approaching Middle School Girl

Three incidents involving the same victim and the same suspect have been reported in recent weeks, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is investigating reported incidents of a man approaching a middle school student in Calimesa.

Parents of children in the Yucaipa-Calimesa School District received phone and email notices from the district Wednesday and Thursday:

The following message is provided to parents and students as a safety alert from the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.

The message will be first be heard in English, then in Spanish.

A Mesa View Middle School student was approached by an older man driving a white vehicle who offered her a ride. This incident occurred off campus as the student was walking home from school. The student reported the incident to the Riverside Sherriff’s Department, who is currently conducting an investigation into the matter.

This incident serves as a reminder to talk with your children about following safe protocols when walking home from school, such as walking with friends.

Thank you.

According to Calimesa police, about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 11 a 13-year-old girl was walking home from Mesa View Middle School when she was approached by a man in a white sedan, near Calimesa Boulevard and Myrtlewood Drive.

"The male pulled alongside the young female asking her if she needed a ride," Sgt. Alan Meservey of the sheriff's Cabazon Station said. "When the victim declined the offer, the unknown male drove away southbound on Calimesa Blvd. The victim was able to make it home where she reported the encounter to her legal guardian, who, in turn, contacted the Calimesa Police Department."

It was the third similar occurrence in the past two weeks involving the same victim and the same man, Meservey said.

"In each instance the male approached the victim and offered her a ride home and the victim declined the offer," Meservey said.

The suspect did not get out of his vehicle during the incidents. The last incident was corroborated by an employee of a nearby fast food restaurant. Calimesa police released the following description:

The suspect in these incidents is described as a white male adult, or light-skinned Hispanic male, 60-65 years of age, with short combed-back grey hair. He is reported to have several age spots about his face and was seen wearing prescription glasses. His vehicle is described as a newer, white in color, sedan.

Calimesa police, who are part of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, are reminding children and students to walk in groups of two or more and to be aware of their surroundings.

"Never enter a vehicle with a stranger and always walk in common areas, staying away from deserted buildings and parking lots," Meservey advised.

Anyone with more information was urged to call Investigator Dion Davis at the sheriff's Cabazon Station, (951) 922-7100, the Riverside County Sheriff's Dispatch Center, 1 (800) 950-2444, or send an email to CabazonStation@RiversideSheriff.org.

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Vince September 13, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Wait a minute...TWO previous encounters between this little girl, and the same guy, and she is STILL traveling on foot alone? Time for some parenting I would think, maybe? Talk about not taking something so dangerous, serious...
Vince September 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM
AND, if anyone wants to pay or my fuel, I'll follow her too, and hang back at a distance--- and if the sumbiatch shows up again, it'll be the LAST time he shows up again...really.
Karen September 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Thats right vince when this happened to me over 20 years no one took it serious then. I blieve the gils the one to be found untrue probably was so embarrased with no one believing her then she changed her story. Why would anyone say ths if it didnt happen. Although this one same girl same guy thats weird hes going for her must be more to it maybe he knows her i dont know but doesnt sound right . Like you say someone should follow and watch before something bad happens
Vince September 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Well Karen, I gotta say, if it were my daughter, and for sure after the 2nd time, I would be shadowing her as she walked home with the intent of catching the imbecile in the act, or I'd arrange at the least, for her to be driven to and from school until the bastiche is caught...and most likely the guy is in the immediate neighbohood, and maybe she even walks past his residence on a daily basis----first place to look then is on a "backtrail" from where she is being accosted along her travel route, right back to the school...and just maybe the car, or the idiot will be spotted at some point...I put up with a lot from all sorts of people,. but this deal here has me seeing RED---my daughter is 27 now, and to this very day I still worry waaaaaay more about her, then I do my 3 sons....so I know I would get REAL proactive if something like this were happening to my daughter---at ANY age.
Meia September 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
He will probably know that a spotlight is on him now. I assume he targeted the same girl because, she is his 'type' maybe, and if he asked her multiple times maybe she would get comfortable and say yes. That is my guess. Parents, remember to teach kids stranger danger. Be sure to let them know that just because a stranger is an adult, does not mean they have to listen. Say no, say it loud, and say "This is not my mom/dad" as loud as they can. (I let my kids practice yelling as loud as they can so they are not uncomfortable if they have to use it) Also parents don't forget the safe word. A personal secret word between you and the kids, so if a stranger claimed they were sent from you, than they would know the password. I wish there were a service i could hire that would test my children out in public. Let us all know if they are educated enough to make the right decisions.

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