MORENO VALLEY – (PRESS RELEASE) – On November 6, 2012, officers responded to an attempted kidnapping near Moreno Valley High School. Two female students and one male student were approached by a black male adult. The male engaged them in conversation and asked them if they wanted to use drugs with him. The male continued to follow and talk to the kids. All three students continued walking toward the school and the male walked away. No vehicle was seen during this incident.
The male is described as a black male adult in his 30’s or 40’s with dark complexion, 5’11” tall, 200 pounds, with short black hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black t-shirt with white writing on it, blue jeans with black Nike tennis shoes, with a white swoosh.
On November 7, 2012, officers responded to a reported attempted kidnapping at Vista Del Lago High School. The student reported that on November 6, 2012, she was approached by a black male adult as she was walking home from school on John F. Kennedy near Thyme. The male asked her if she wanted to “smoke weed” with him. The student continued walking home, but saw the male talking to more students as they walked home.
The male in this incident is described as a black male adult in his 30’s. He is approximately 6 feet tall, 200 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.
On November 7, 2012, officers responded to March Mountain Middle School to a report of an attempt kidnapping. The victim was walking home from school when a Hispanic male approached her in a blue/gray Nissan Altima. The male asked her if she needed a ride and engaged her in conversation. The male exited his vehicle and approached the victim. The victim ran away and notified her family of the incident. The male is described as a Hispanic male adult, 5 feet 8 inches tall, heavy set, with a mustache, wearing a black hat and dark sunglasses. The male was wearing a gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt during the incident.
The Moreno Valley Police Department is actively working to identify all persons involved in these incidents. Due to the vast range of physical and vehicle descriptions, we do not suspect the incidents are connected to each other at this time.
The Moreno Valley Police Department would like to remind parents and children to be attentive and careful as they walk to and from school. Do not talk to or accept anything from strangers and report any suspicious behavior immediately to the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951-247-8700.
The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking anyone with information on these incidents to contact Detective Holland or Detective Adams at 951-486-6700.
On October 31, 2012, at 11:00 AM, officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department responded to a report of two attempted kidnappings.
Officers met two female high school students who stated they were approached by a black male adult in his forties. The subject asked the female students to get in his van and spend time with him. Both students refused and asked the subject to leave them alone.
In the attempt on Cottonwood Avenue, the male exited his vehicle and walked toward the female student while continually attempting to entice her to go with him. The female student continually refused and the subject grabbed the female student by the arm and pulled her toward him. The female told the subject to let her go or she would call the police. She then pulled away from the subject and fled the area.
In the attempt on Eucalyptus Avenue, the subject exited his vehicle, walked toward a female student and tried to talk the student into getting into the van with him. The female student told the subject male to leave her alone or she would call the police, causing the subject to leave the area.
In both attempts, the subject left the area in a white van after the female students told him they were going to call the police.
The suspect was described as a heavy set black male about 40 years old, unshaven, short dark hair, wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.
The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking anyone with information on these incidents to contact the Detective Bureau at 951-486-6700.