TEMECULA (CBS) — Authorities were looking for a man they say approached three children in Temecula Sunday in an attempt to lure them into his vehicle.
Officials said the unidentified man tried to lure the children with a promise of candy.
Deputies responded at 1:26 p.m. to a report of a man who had gotten out of his vehicle in front of a home in the 29600 block of Nightcrest Avenue while the children were playing, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jon Wade.
He then offered them candy and tried to persuade them to come into his vehicle, but the children ran and notified their parents, Wade said.
The vehicle was last seen turning north onto Sherwood Court from Nightcrest Circle, but a search with a sheriff’s helicopter was unsuccessful in finding the vehicle, the sergeant said.
The children described the suspect’s vehicle as a red SUV or van-type vehicle with flames painted on the front fenders. The vehicle had tinted windows and had a sticker of a skull on the rear window.
The suspect was described as a white male adult, unknown age, with black spiky hair, tattoos on his arms and legs, last seen wearing a black jacket over a white T-shirt with tan shorts.
Investigators asked anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office in Temecula at (951) 696-3000.