Santa Cruz Police Issue Alert for Possible Child Molestor

The man grabbed a girl and was spotted and photographed by a bystander.

A suspect approached a 12-year-old girl as she was walking home from school along the 500 block of Walnut Avenue, police said.  The incident occurred Friday at about 2:30 PM. 

He grabbed her buttocks as he passed her on the sidewalk.  The 12-year-old confronted the suspect and he fled.  He was seen again in the area and confronted a second time.  He fled again, but a witness got a cell phone photo of his backside as he fled up a staircase. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male 21-28 years, 5-feet 10 inches tall to 6 feet, weighing 250-280 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a brown T-shirt, Dickie style Pants,  and wire-rimmed glasses. 

Officers will be posting flyers in the area today.  If you recognize him contact the police Investigations Unit (831) 420-5820.  If you see the suspect or recognize him. please call 9-1-1. 

Lisa January 13, 2013 at 07:54 PM
The 12 year old confronted him? Wow! Brave young lady. Someone raised her right!
Los Gatos Observer January 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Lisa, Spot on. Marvelous, spirited young lady.
David Jay Brown January 14, 2013 at 02:42 AM
After reading this scary story, I checked to see what the pepper spray laws were regarding age. I was surprised to discover that one has to be 18 in California to carry pepper spray to defend one's self. I think that this age restriction is misguided, if someone younger can demonstrate responsibility, as aren't vulnerable teenagers among those who need to be able to protect themselves most?
Lisa Clark January 18, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I'll second Los Gatos Observer's comment. She *is* a brave child and I'm glad she frightened her attacker.


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