MANHATTAN BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Police have arrested a Manhattan Beach man accused of stalking two teenage girls walking home from school in the city.
Jonathan Shereston, 28, was charged with child annoyance and stalking following two calls to police on Tuesday about a man following a 16-year-old and a 14-year-old student as they left Mira Costa High School.
Manhattan Beach police say the 16-year-old victim noticed a male driving an older model yellow Mercedes sedan was following her at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The driver pulled the car over in the 1400 block of 19th Street and continued to watch as she walked, police said.
The girl crossed the street and hid at her neighbor’s house, where authorities were called.
Responding police units checked the residential area, but were unable to find the vehicle or the driver.
Authorities say approximately one hour later, they received another call with similar circumstances in the 100 block of South Rowell Avenue.
A 14-year-old female said she was walking home from Mira Costa High and was being followed by a male driving a vehicle matching the earlier description.
The girl hid in the backyard of a nearby residence until the driver left the area, police said.
A MBPD officer who was monitoring traffic observed a 1983 Beige Mercedes Benz 300 with the license plate 1GYY296, and a driver matching the descriptions provided by the victims, and stopped the vehicle in the 1900 block of Manhattan Beach Boulevard.
Shereston was subsequently arrested and booked into Manhattan Beach Police Department’s jail.
He has since been released on citation to South Bay Court for an appearance on March 10.
Anyone with additional information regarding the incidents is asked to call Detective Navarrette at (310) 802-5125.