Murrieta Police Seek Suspect in Child Annoyance Incident

The Murrieta Police Department is searching for a man they say approached a girl on her way home from Shivela Middle School Monday afternoo...


The Murrieta Police Department is searching for a man they say approached a girl on her way home from Shivela Middle School Monday afternoon.

According to a news release from the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, the child annoyance incident occurred as an eighth grade student was walking southwest on California Oaks Road and turned right on Monroe Avenue. As the student began walking down the hill near the nature preserve, a dark blue truck pulled up next to her.

The blue truck was traveling northbound on Monroe and the male driver slowed the vehicle and asked the student if she needed a ride, according to the news release. The student told the man she did not need a ride and continued to walk. The suspect continued to follow the victim and the man asked the student to get into the car about four to five times, according to the student.

The student told the man she was going to call the police and reached for a cell phone. At that point, the man drove off. The student went home and the incident was reported to the Murrieta Police Department.

The vehicle was a blue 4-door, pick-up truck with slightly tinted windows. The suspect is described as a white male, 20-25 years of age, with a light mustache and dark brown hair.

Police have increased patrols near near Shivela Middle School. Parents are urged to remind their children to follow these safety guidelines when walking to and from school:

-- Always walk to and from school with a friend, a group of friends or an adult.
-- Always leave school and go straight home when school is over.
-- Never let a stranger get too close, whether he or she is in a car or walking.
-- Never accept a ride or anything else from a stranger.
-- Never tell a stranger your name or address.
-- Never go with a stranger for any reason, even if he/she says they know your parents.
-- Never go into deserted places alone.
-- Never keep secrets from your parents about strangers.
-- Stick to the same safe route when you walk to and from school or a friend’s house.
-- If a stranger tries to grab you, yell as loud as you can and run away.
-- Report any incidents to a trusted adult immediately.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact the Murrieta Police Department's 24-hour dispatch line at 951-696-3615. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to speak to your school administrator.

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