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On April 9th, 2014, the Murrieta Police Department Juvenile Investigations Unit received information from students and staff at Murrieta Mesa High School regarding a child annoyance suspect on or near the campus contacting students before and after school.
After investigating the incident further, the School Resource Officer at Murrieta Mesa H.S. has determined 4 incidents have occurred around Mesa H.S. dating back to March 10th and as recently as April 8th.
On the morning of April 11th at 8:10 a.m., the same child annoyance suspect was seen in the area of Rail Ranch Elementary. The suspect in this morning’s incident asked a student to “Get in his car.” The student did the right thing by immediately running away from the suspect and reporting the incident to school authorities at Rail Ranch.
The police department is concerned about these incidents and is actively looking for the suspect involved with these cases. The same suspect has been seen driving 2 different vehicles. Most recently, the vehicle involved is black in color, likely a Nissan Versa .
The police department is asking for the public’s help with this case. The school district is aware of the incidents and is keeping staff and parents informed. Students and parents should be looking for any behavior on or around school campuses (with focus on Murrieta Mesa H.S. and Rail Ranch Elementary) that is out of the ordinary. Annoying or molesting a child is a violation of 647.6 of the California Penal Code.
“Attempt to Identify” the suspect is being made. Anyone with information regarding these cases is encouraged to call Detective Sergeant Bob Anderson at 951.461.6317 or Lt. Tony Conrad at 951.461.6309.
Questions for the school district should be directed to Wayne Sakamoto at 951.696.1600 x.1155 or Mary Walters at 951.696.1600 x.1064.