Police investigate two groping incidents reported in Otay Mesa

SAN DIEGO - San Diego police Thursday are looking into two incidents where teen girls were groped minutes apart in Otay Mesa.

In one incident, a man approached a 13-year-old girl walking in the 1400 block of Piedra Street about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, allegedly grabbed her from behind and groped her, according to San Diego police. The girl screamed and fought off her attacker, who then ran toward Arruza Street and Picador Boulevard, police said.

The incident on Piedra Street happened just outside Raul Aguilar's home. As a father with four teenagers, he can't help but worry.

"We're not safe," Aguilar said.

His 15-year-old daughter, Leslie, did not see it happen, but she said she can't shake the thought.

"It makes me scared to come back home," Leslie said. "I walk to school and come back and it kind of scares me to know there are people like that around us."

In the second incident, a man allegedly grabbed and groped a 17-year-old girl walking in the vicinity of Arruza Street and Del Sur Boulevard but let the teen go when she began to struggle, police said. That suspect was last seen getting into a older, possibly four-door beige sedan and drove south on Del Sur Boulevard.

In both cases, the suspect was described as Hispanic, clean-shaven, 18 to 23 years old and between 5 feet 5 and 5 feet 7, with a normal to thin build. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and glasses.

While police continue to search for the man suspected in the incidents, Raul Aguilar is taking action.

"I left the light on so when people walk here it's not dark, so they can be safe," Raul explained of the big light that hangs over the sidewalk.

He also plans to install surveillance cameras.

"I'm going to take my daughter … pick her up and take her to school so she can be safe," he said just before the two locked the gate, got in his truck and left together.

The San Diego Police Department's Child Abuse Unit was called to investigate both cases, police said.

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