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SCV detectives investigating 2 reports of child predator

Posted: May 29, 2014 12:01 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2014 12:01 p.m.

Local sheriff’s detectives are investigating reports of a possible child predator cruising the Santa Clarita Valley in a black BMW, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station spokesman said Thursday.

In two separate incidents Tuesday, a motorist in a black BMW was reported to have followed teenage girls on streets at opposite ends of the Santa Clarita Valley, The Signal has learned.

In each instance, the targeted girls reacted promptly and alerted adults about the encounter, according to detectives and each of the teens’ respective parents. Descriptions of the man were not provided.

The girls were not touched or physically hurt. Neither could report the car’s license plate number.

“I have a report from a parent of a 13-year-old girl that a male in a black BMW approached her in Canyon Country,” said Lt. Brenda Cambra, who heads the SCV station’s Detective Bureau.

“He apparently rolled down the window of his car and asked her if she wanted a ride,” she said. “The vehicle passed her, but parked nearby on Honby Street.

“The girl ran to a friend’s house and banged on the door,” she said.

A man who identified himself as the girl’s father told The Signal: “She was walking to the bus when a guy in a car stopped near her. But the car kept moving, (following her pace), and he said some things to her.”

The father said his daughter was shaken by the encounter and reported the incident to both the Sheriff’s Station and the principal at Rio Vista Elementary School near Honby.

In a separate but similar incident Tuesday, a man driving a black BMW approached a 16-year-old girl as she was pumping gas at a Stevenson Ranch gas station on Pico Canyon Road between Chiquella Lane and The Old Road, according to the girl’s mother.

“She was at the pay station when a man pulled up in a nice black car, she told me,” the mother said, relating her daughter’s account of what happened.

“He opened his door and asked her, ‘Are you in high school?’ And she said, ‘Yes.’ And then he said, ‘There’s a lot of young people around here.’

“She walked away from the pay station and went back to her car to pump gas,” the mother said. “That’s when he drove around the pumps to go where her car was and kept asking her questions. At one point he said, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re really pretty.’

“As she was pumping gas, he gets out of his car and walks towards her. That’s when she picked up her phone and called me, and in a loud voice she said, ‘Hi, Mom.’

“In a whisper she said, ‘There’s a creepy man who won’t leave me alone.’ And I told her to drive to the police station,” the mother said.

The girl drove directly to the Sheriff’s Station on Magic Mountain Parkway, she said, adding the driver did not follow her.

The encounter has left the 16-year-old shaken, the mother said.

“It really affected her,” she said. “She said it’s taken her sense of security and has made her realize how vulnerable a 16-year-old girl can be.”

More than 70 other people shared her concerns when the 16-year-old posted a Tweet message alerting others about the apparent predator.

“She got 70 re-Tweets,” her mother told The Signal.

Cambra urged anyone with information about these or other incidents to call detectives at the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 661-255-1121.
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