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Police investigating reported attempts to lure kids in East County

Posted at 12:43 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 20:51:43-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) — East County authorities are searching for a reported person trying to lure students at a nearby elementary school.

El Cajon Police said officials at Flying Hills Elementary requested extra patrols Thursday over concerns of someone trying to lure students. Police said a 9-year-old boy was in an alley near the 1300 block of North Cuyamaca St. when a man approached in a vehicle. The man waved to the boy and said "get in the car." The vehicle was described as a red sedan, while the suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, with a mustache, red shirt, and black baseball hat.

Police said they are aware of two other separate incidents as well. The first was on Tuesday in the 100 block of South Mollison Ave. A 12-year-old girl was approached by a man in a vehicle as she was walking to school. The man asked her a question and made a sexual comment before driving away, police said.The man was described as a white man, with balding dark hair, "scruffy" unshaven face, and possibly wearing a gray shirt and gray pants.

The second incident occurred that same day just after 3:15 p.m. on Swallow Dr. A 13-year-old girl was walking home east of Finsh St. when man on foot approached her and said "come with me, I'm safe." He was described as a white man in his 40s, with a gray beard, short dark hair, and last seen wearing tan shorts, a dark shirt, black baseball hat, and black backpack.

Police are investigating all three incidents, but said they do not believe they are related. Police have increased patrols in the area and at nearby schools.

School staff from Lakeside Middle School also reported a suspicious incident as well just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the San Diego Sheriff's Department. Staff say one of their students was walking near Woodside Ave. and Winter Gardens Blvd. when he was approached by a man driving a blue car and told to get in the car.

However, the student ignored the driver and kept walking to school, where he reported the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to call El Cajon Police at 619-579-3311 or San Diego Sheriff's at 858-565-5200.