Suspect also approached two female students near Grossmont High, Police indicate
By Miriam Raftery
May 18, 2012 (La Mesa) – Daniel Hubbard of La Mesa has been arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping, false imprisonment and annoying a child following a joint investigation by La Mesa and El Cajon Police departments. Hubbard is believed responsible for approaching three female high school students over the past week.
In the most recent incident on May 16, an 18-year-old student who lives in Lemon Grove was walking to Helix High School when Hubbard approached her, driving an older pickup truck. After he made sexual comments, the victim told him to leave her alone and tried to continue walking to school.
“Hubbard grabbed the victim’s left forearm with his right hand and tugged on her arm,” said Ed Aceves, Chief of La Mesa Police.” The victim pulled back and slapped Hubbard’s hand off.” She then ran toward school.
On May 10, Hubbard approached two female students, ages 14 and 15, who were walking to Grossmont High School. He drove past them three times in a tan van, then asked if they needed a ride to school and told them to get in the van. At one point, he yelled at them to get inside but when they ran towards school instead, he drove away. The Grossmont students are residents of Spring Valley and El Cajon.
The El Cajon Police Department’s School Resource Officer at Grossmont High School put out a flyer describing the incident which was sent home with all the students. Media was notified and ECM also sent an alert out to readers across East County.
An anonymous citizen called the officer and told her she suspected someone who was driving the van.