Authorities have released surveillance photos of a man wanted in connection with one of three recent cases of alleged child-annoyance in Santa Clarita.
On May 31, deputies “made contact with” a 16-year-old victim who reported being approached by a man about 2:15 p.m. May 27 as she was putting gas in her vehicle at a gas station in the area of Pico Canyon and The Old Road, (map) according to Deputy Joshua Dubin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The man, who was driving a black late-model Honda coupe, asked the victim if she was in high school, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
The victim responded “yes” and walked away, after which the man followed her and continued to stare at her, the statement said.
The girl “stated she felt very uncomfortable and scared as the male continued to follow her,” and she got into her vehicle and drove away, Dubin said.
Sheriff’s investigators obtained photos taken by surveillance cameras at the gas station, which show the man who approached the victim, the department said. The images were released Friday evening.
The man is described as black, 25 years old, 6 feet tall, with a thin build and black hair.
Detectives are also investigating an incident that occurred about 8:10 a.m. May 23 in the area of Honby Avenue and Cedarcreek Street in Canyon Country (map), officials said.
A 13-year-old girl reported being approached by a man driving a black vehicle while she was walking to school. After the driver asked her if she needed a ride, the girl turned around and began walking in the opposite direction, according to authorities.
When the vehicle turned around and drove slowly past her again, the girl “ran to her friend’s nearby home because she began to fear the vehicle and man following her,” the statement said. The man “then drove out of view.”
“Detectives are unsure if the incidents are related or if there are one or two separate suspects,” Dubin said.
On June 5, deputies received a report of a man who harassed a Hart High School student about 1 p.m. as she was walking near Newhall Park (map), according to a statement on the Santa Clarita Valley station’s Facebook page. The park is adjacent to the high school campus.
“The man reportedly pulled up to her and offered her a ride,” the post said. “When she said no, he took off.”
The driver is described as a white male adult, with curly hair, who was driving an “old messy car,” said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
Officials at Hart High and Placerita Jr. High School sent notices to parents warning them of the incident, authorities said.
The three cases remain under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact sheriff’s Detective Campbell of the Santa Clarita Valley Station at 661-255-1121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
KTLA’s Kennedy Ryan contributed to this report.