Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials on Thursday released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with robbing a woman while holding a gun near a Mission Viejo park.
The incident occurred about 10 p.m. Monday outside the victim’s home near El Dorado Park, officials said in a tweet.
The woman had just parked her car when the man got out of the passenger side of a vehicle and asked for directions to San Juan Capistrano.
The woman gave the man directions before he pointed a black handgun at her and demanded her wallet, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The man apparently got away in an older-model, tan four-door sedan that was possibly a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. Authorities gave a partial California license plate number of 5GL593.
The man is described as being between 28 and 31 years old, with short dark hair, brown eyes and a possible tattoo on the left side of his neck. He was last seen wearing a baggy shirt and gray sweat pants.
A local resident named Colleen Mason said the incident is keeping her on high alert as it doesn't happen often in the neighborhood.
"Now, if someone pulls and asks for directions, I’m not comfortable talking to people," she said. "It’s just unbelievable that we’re just so protected here that we don’t see that kind of thing."
Anyone who recognizes the sketch can call OCSD at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips can be submitted to OC Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS or online at http://occrimestoppers.org/submit-a-tip.