Santa Monica police are looking for a man who allegedly followed a 14-year-old girl in his vehicle while she was walking her dog near 21st and Hill Streets in Santa Monica Wednesday, September 6th.
With school back in session, police said they are encouraging parents, students and neighbors in the area to be “extra vigilant” in watching out for this man, or any other person, who is acting suspiciously around females.
If suspicious activity is observed, police ask residents to attempt to safely note the license plate and a description of the suspect’s vehicle, as well as a physical description of the suspect, and call Santa Monica police at (310) 458-8491, or call 9-1-1.
Police were called to the area of 21st and Hill streets at about 4:50 p.m. September 6th, where the teenage girl was walking her dog.
The girl alleged to officers that she was followed by a man driving a vehicle who made “repeated turning maneuvers in an apparent effort to follow her,” Santa Monica police Lt. Frank Fabrega said.
The girl then ran and hid from the man until he drove away northbound on 21st Street from Ocean Park Boulevard, Fabrega said.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with dark complexion, approximately 30 years old, with brown hair, a goatee and mustache, muscular build and wearing wire-rimmed mirrored sunglasses, police said.
His vehicle is described as a 1990s model black four-door Jeep Cherokee with dark window tint.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Lloyd Gladden of the Santa Monica Police Department Youth Services Division at (310) 458-8931, or the watch commander at (310) 458-8426.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous may also call the We-Tip national hotline at (800) 782-7463 (800-78-CRIME). Callers with information leading to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.