ELK GROVE, CA - Fortunately, no teens have been lured by this suspiciously-acting man but Elk Grove police still want to make the community aware of this person.
Officer Chris Trim said the Elk Grove Police Department has received four reports since Oct. 16 of an unknown man driving up to kids and trying to start up conversations with them. The kids all quickly got away.
The first incident involved a 13-year-old boy on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the area of Darley Way and Toscano Drive.
Wednesday, Oct. 16, a man drove up to a 13-year-old girl in the area of Whitelock Parkway and Schuler Ranch Road at 10 a.m. The man pulled his car into a parking lot ahead of the girl as she continue to walk after he tried to talk to her and that's when she ran away, Trim said.
Later that day at 3:30 p.m., there was similar incident in the area of Franklin High Road and Stathos Drive. Trim said a vehicle drove past a 14-year-old girl walking, made a u-turn and drove along with her in the opposite lane of traffic. The driver tried to talk to her but she ran to safety.
Then Saturday, Oct. 26, a 15-year-old boy on his bike was in the area of Backer Ranch Road and Elk Grove Boulevard at noon when a vehicle drove up to him and the driver started talking to him. The boy told police he first thought the driver was a family friend but then realized otherwise and rode away.
The kids all described the man as black and in his 30s to 40s. He had short hair and was heavy-set. He drove a Mini Cooper or yellow compact 4-door car or a full-sized silver minivan.
"We want to make sure we identify this person and find out if he's on probation, parole, or if he's a sex offender," Trim said.
Trim added, "Sometimes, teenagers, children don't like to tell their parents about things that happen to them so we want to make sure we get the information out to make sure there are no additional victims out there."
Anyone with information about the suspicious man or these incidents was urged to call the police department's Detective Bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cellphone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message.