ROSSMOOR (CBSLA.com) — Parents in Rossmoor are on edge after two more reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon of a man trying to lure young children into his minivan near an elementary school.
On March 24, two girls, ages 8 and 9, said they were standing at a corner near Lee Elementary School when a Hispanic man with a buzz cut tried to get them to go into his gray/silver van with a busted out rear window.
Around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, a suspect with the same description parked near the playground of the school and reportedly offered a 7-year-old girl candy if she got into his van.
Around 10 minutes later, the suspect did the same thing to a 10-year-old boy and his friend, who were playing on the soccer field.
“I couldn’t really see him that well because his window was half-down. He asked us to get in the car. (He said), ‘I’ll give you guys candy.’ When he asked that, me and my friend started running,” the 10-year-old told KCAL9’s Stacey Butler.
Jim Amormino of the OC Sheriff’s Department said, “(The children) ran to a place of safety and notified the principal who contacted the sheriff’s department.”
Butler reported that after the incident, the school was essentially on lockdown and students were only able to be released to their parents or guardians.
Investigators interviewed the alleged victims and their families.