ANAHEIM ( — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who twice allegedly tried to lure girls into his car as they walked to school in Anaheim.

The first incident was reported about 7:30 a.m. Friday and a second reportedly occurred 50 minutes later near Ball Junior High School.

Sgt. Bob Dunn said that in both cases, the suspect asked the girls to help him reach for something he dropped inside his car parked nearby.

Dunn said the first girl, 11, kept walking to school as the man reportedly followed her in his car.

The second girl, 12, reportedly ran to a house and alerted authorities after the suspect allegedly put his hand on her shoulder.

“The victim indicated that the suspect reached out and touched her shoulder. That made her very uneasy,” said Dunn.

Police described the suspect as a Latino man in his 20s, about 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, with a dark complexion and curly brown hair.

The man was wearing a white T-shirt and light-colored jeans.

The suspect’s car was described as a dirty, dark compact vehicle with scratches in the paint.

Anyone with more information about this case was asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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