SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Police said they are now looking at five groping cases near Mira Mesa High School to see if they are all connected. We spoke with the mother of one victim Tuesday night. She feels that parents should have been warned earlier.
“I’m infuriated. I’m shaking with so much anger inside because I feel like a lot of this could be prevented. I want him to be caught. I want him to serve time. I want him to pay,” Stephanie Enclade, the mother of one of the victims, said.
Her daughter was walking to Mira Mesa High School in October, it was about 6 a.m., before daylight savings time, so it was still dark outside.
Enclade said the man approached her daughter and began asking her questions.
“Where do you go to school, if you have a boyfriend, how old are you? Then he reached his arm around her, as a side hug and groped her on the breast, over the clothing,” Enclade said.
San Diego Police told parents Tuesday night at Mira Mesa High School during a public meeting that investigators are looking at three more stranger groping cases of girls near the school, stretching back to 2016.
“It could have been two less victims had you notified us earlier,” Enclade said to school officials and police during the meeting. "I know we can’t back up but there is something to be learned here and that’s that you guys should notify on the first victim so we can have less victims."
Police assured parents they are working to catch the man
They say he speaks with a Spanish accent, and in some cases spoke Spanish.He is in his 30s or 40s, about 5’7”, average build, with short dark hair.
Enclade now drives her daughter to school.
“Hopefully, they really do have some evidence to get this guy because, really, what I want to do is find him,” Enclade said.
Police are asking kids to walk in pairs, walk on busy streets and not to have earbuds in or be looking at their phones when they walk to and from school.