Man Sought for Chasing, Touching 4 Girls As They Walked to School in Riverside

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Authorities on Thursday were searching for a man involved in the sexual battery of four girls he chased and touched as they walked to school in Riverside the day before, police said.

Children arrive at Foothill Elementary School in Riverside on Feb. 4, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Children arrive at Foothill Elementary School in Riverside on Feb. 4, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The incidents occurred between 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. at four separate locations, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

The man, described as Hispanic, between 30 to 40 years of age, approached the girls near Gramercy Place & Jones Avenue, Gramercy Place & Crest Avenue, Gramercy Place & Wohlstetter Street, and Hole Avenue & Jones Avenue, according to the Police Department.

The man chased after the girls, whose ages ranged from 12 to 18 years old, and then touch them in a sexual manner, the news release stated.

One of the victims, whose mother gave her permission to talk about the incident Thursday, said the man never spoke during the attack.

“I was walking to school and then this guy just grabbed me,” she said.

The girl told her mother the man had just touched her in her "private area" and her mother managed to say something to the man before he fled the area.

The mother and the girl then told officials at Foothill Elementary School what had happened.

Authorities said the man was wearing a black baseball cap or beanie, black running jacket, black running pants and black shoes.

Police asked parents and students to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious person or activity in the area.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Karla Beler at 951-353-7125.

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