Man accused of preying on girls in San Diego Kaiser hospital elevator

Posted at 3:21 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 09:31:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego Police Department Child Abuse Unit released photographs Thursday in an effort to find the man suspected of trying to hug and kiss girls at Kaiser Zion Hospital in Grantville.

The incident happened at 10:40 a.m. Saturday, August 25, in the hospital elevator at 4647 Zion Avenue, police said.

Two 13-year-old girls were in the elevator when the man walked in. The man kissed the hair of one girl and told both victims he wanted to have sex with them, according to police. Officers said he also told both girls they “looked pretty”.

The man got out of the elevator when it stopped on the main lobby floor. He was last seen walking to the parking lot, police said.

The girls reported the incident to family members, who called the police.

The hospital said the girls were not patients at Zion Medical Center. They also gave 10News the following statement:

"The safety and well-being of our Kaiser Permanente patients, members, and visitors is of the upmost importance. Kaiser Permanente staff and security officers acted quickly to ensure the safety of the visitors in this case. Law enforcement was immediately notified, and security officers conducted as a search of the facility for the suspect. Because of the security system present at Kaiser Permanente, we were able to provide law enforcement the image now being used to help identify the suspect."

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the man to call the San Diego Police Department’s Child Abuse Unit at 619-531-2193 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.