November 20, 2009 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s Department has released the following information about a report of a man who tried to pick up a Spring Valley school girl and told her he had been watching her and her sisters. According to the police report, on November 18th around 8:53 a.m., the girl was walking to school near Apple Street and Paraiso Avenue when she was approached by a Hispanic male adult in a late model dark blue minivan.
The suspect, who was unknown to the girl, is described as a Hispanic male adult approximately 40 years old, about 6 feet tall, with a goatee, short unkempt hair, and wearing a brown shirt. The minivan was described as being a late model dark blue minivan with miscellaneous dents and scratches.
As the suspect pulled his vehicle along side of girl, he asked her if she wanted a ride to school. The juvenile told him no and that she was fine. He then stated, "I've been watching you and your sisters." The juvenile became unsettled to the fact the subject knew she had sisters. The suspect asked the subject how he knew she had sisters and he replied, "I've been watching you and seeing you around here." He subject asked the girl for her phone number and she told him she did not have one. As she continued to walk, he continued to insist he give her a ride to school.
The girl became frightened and ran to the 7-11 Store, located on Jamacha Road and Grand Avenue, where she called her mother and waited until deputies arrived.
A be-on- the-lookout alert was sent out to surrounding agencies of the suspect and vehicle description. A check of the surrounding area turned out negative for the suspect and suspect's vehicle. Lemon Grove detectives will be conducting further investigation.