The Elk Grove Police Department is warning residents to beware of a man who reportedly tried to lure teenagers to his vehicle on at least four occasions in recent weeks.
The first incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 as a 13-year-old boy was walking in the area of Darley Way and Toscano Drive. A vehicle pulled up next to him, and the male driver attempted to engage the boy in conversation. When the boy did not respond, the man drove away, according to a Police Department news release.
The next two incidents occurred Oct. 16. At 10 a.m., a 13-year-old girl was walking in the area of Whitelock Parkway and Schuler Ranch Road when a vehicle pulled up next to her. The driver attempted to engage her in conversation, and when the girl continued walking, the vehicle pulled ahead of her into a parking lot, police said. The girl then turned around and ran away.
At 3:30 p.m. the same day, a 14-year-old girl was walking in the area of Franklin High Road and Stathos Drive when a vehicle drove past her, made a U-turn, then drove next to her in the opposite lanes of traffic. As in the previous incidents, the male driver tried to engage the girl in conversation, but she did not respond and ran away.
The most recent incident occurred about noon Saturday. As a 15-year-old boy was riding his bicycle in the area of Backer Ranch Road and Elk Grove Boulevard, a vehicle pulled up next to him and the male driver attempted to converse with him. Police said the boy initially thought he recognized the driver of the vehicle as a family friend. When he realized he did not know the man, he rode away on his bicycle and reported the incident to law enforcement officers.
The suspect in all four of these child annoyance cases was described as a heavyset black man in his 30s or 40s with short hair. The vehicles involved were described as a copper or yellow compact four-door vehicle and a full-size silver van.
Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department's detective bureau at (916) 478-8060 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Callers to Crime Alert can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Tips also can be sent via SMS text message by entering 274637 on a cell phone, followed by TIP732 and the message.