String of attempted kidnappings of students in Moreno Valley

News headline from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department:

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Since Halloween day, there have been reports of at least four attempted kidnappings of students in various areas of Moreno Valley.  The suspects’ physical descriptions and vehicles, or lack of, appear to be different, and there are no other obvious connections in the separate cases.

On November 6th, 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 man engaged them in conversation and asked if they wanted to use drugs with him.  He continued to follow and talk to the kids.  All three students continued walking toward the school and the man eventually walked away.  No vehicle was seen during this incident.

The man 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 7th, officers responded to a reported attempted kidnapping at Vista Del Lago High School.  The student reported that on November 6th, she was approached by a black male adult as she was walking home from school on John F. Kennedy Drive near Thyme Place.  The man asked her if she wanted to “smoke weed” with him.  The student continued walking home, but she saw the man talking to more students as they walked home.

2012-11-9-mvs12-1031-mv123050193-sketch-4.jpgThe man in this incident is described as a black male adult in his 30’s, 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 7th, 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 man asked her if she needed a ride and engaged her in conversation.  He then got out of his car and approached the victim.  She ran away and notified her family of the incident.

The man is described as a Hispanic male adult, 5 feet 8 inches tall, heavy set, with a mustache, wearing a black hat and dark sunglasses.  He 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.  Sketches of two of the suspects were provided.  Due to the vast range of physical and vehicle descriptions, it is not suspected that the incidents are connected to each other at this time.

The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking anyone with information on these incidents to contact Detective Holland or Detective Adams at 951-486-6700.  Citizens are asked to report any suspicious behavior immediately to the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951-247-8700.

See related story:  Attempted kidnapping of two female high school students in Moreno Valley

Filed under News A1, Headline

Friday, November 9, 2012


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