Authorities Thursday released a sketch of a long-haired suspect with “very pink” lips who was harassing children at a park in an unincorporated area outside of Covina.
The same man may have been exposing himself in an area near the park.
Around 6 p.m. on April 18 at Charter Oak Park, two 10-year-old girls were playing near baseball fields where several youth teams were practicing when the girls noticed a man, standing near other adults, staring at them, according to the Sheriff’s San Dimas Station.
The girls felt uncomfortable and went to the other side of the park to play and the man entered a car, described as a newer model silver/gray Honda or Toyota sedan with tinted windows and chrome door handles, and left the area.
About 15 to 20 minutes later, the man returned to the other side of the park and parked his car near the two girls, authorities said. The man got out of the car and approached the girls, separated from them by a chain-link fence, and told them to “get in the car,” authorities said.
The girls ignored him but authorities said the man became more aggressive. He told the girls, “Didn’t you hear me? Get in the car.”
The girls became frightened, ran away, and told one of their mothers what happened, authorities said. The man watched the girls until the mother looked over at him before he sped off east on Tudor Street toward Bonnie Cove Avenue, authorities said.
During the 15 to 20 minutes the suspect was gone from the park, deputies received a call of a man exposing himself in his vehicle a few blocks away. The description of the suspect vehicle was similar in both incidents, authorities said.
The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, with green- or light- colored eyes, shoulder-length wavy brown hair, and “very pink” lips.
Anyone with information that might lead to the identification of this suspect was urged to call detectives at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s San Dimas Station, (909) 450-2700.
—City News Service
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