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Police on Thursday were seeking a man who offered a $100 bill to buy the 2-year-son of a woman at a Covina market.

The 34-year-old woman went to to the lobby of Covina police headquarters on Wednesday evening to report the encounter, which took place about an hour earlier as she shopped with her son at the Baja Ranch Market at 425 S. Citrus Avenue, according to Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson.

She said a man approached her and her boy as she was checking out and showered both with compliments, saying they were both beautiful, Peterson said.

He then asked the woman if she wanted to sell her son, and when she told him no, he continued making complements, but focused them solely on the boy, the sergeant said.

When she was done checking out, she waited for the man to leave before exiting the store with her son, but when she got to her vehicle in the parking lot, the suspect was parked next to her car in a brown- or champagne-colored Honda Pilot SUV with a second man sitting in the front passenger seat, Peterson said.

According to the sergeant, the suspect again told mother and son how beautiful they were and when the woman told him to leave them alone, the man got out of the SUV, approached and pulled a $100 bill from his pocket, saying, “Can I buy your son?”

The man, still holding the bill, told her, ” Go ahead and take it. Just take it.”

The man in the SUV’s passenger seat chimed in, saying, ” Just take the money.”

The woman did not answer and the suspect dropped the bill in her shopping cart, got into the SUV and drove off, heading south on Citrus Avenue, Peterson said.

The man who offered the $100 bill was described as Hispanic, about 45 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 200 pounds and wearing blue jeans and a brown button-down shirt. The passenger was described as black, in his 50s, about 6 feet tall, 215 pounds and wearing tan slacks and a long-sleeved white shirt.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact the Covina police Detective Bureau at (626) 384-5612 or the department watch commander at (626) 384-5665. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

City News Service

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