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By Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2015 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s department seeks public help to locate a Hispanic man in his late 20s or early 30s reported to have stalked multiple teenage girls in Santee near Santana High School.  The suspect was driving a white 1997-2004 Ford F-150 two-door pickup truck, dented on the passenger side between the front wheel well and passenger door. There was a silver tool box in the truck bed.  When last seen, he was unshaven with short hair and a dark complexion.

In the most recent incidents, the truck was seen driving past the home of a 17-year-old girl near Magnolia Avenue and Tomel Court several times over the weekend, at times honking the horn. On November 9, while in the street near her home, the victim recognized the same truck driving slowly behind her.  She started running and the truck then sped up and passed her. She ran home and later saw the truck pass her residence again, said Sergeant Joe Passalacqua.

In late September, Santana’s principal sent a letter warning parents about a suspect in a white pickup following multiple female students near Mast and Magnolia, as ECM reported. 

The descrptions were nearly identical, though in the earlier sightings some described the suspect as Hispanic or Indian, and he wore a baseball cap and T-shirt.

A community member who asked not to be identified has told East County Magazine that the suspect spoke to at least one of the girls, asking if she wanted a ride. The source called the stalking  “very scary,” adding, “I think the Santee community needs to know this creeper is still out there.”

Fox 5 news reports that the suspect may also be on the prowl near Parkway Plaza.

Anyone with information on the identity and location of the suspect is asked to call Detective Mateus at (619) 956-0274, or call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 with information and you will remain anonymous. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a felony arrest.

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