IRVINE (CBSLA.com) — Police say a man who’s exposed himself to teen girls over the past few months targeted another young girl Tuesday in Irvine.
At around 1 p.m., the man drove up to a 12-year-old girl near Paseo Westpark and Hearthstone, asking for directions to a community pool, Irvine police Lt. Julia Engen said. The girl ignored him and continued to walk home. The suspect followed her, eventually walking out of the car as she walked into her apartment.
When the incident was reported to police they realized the man’s dark sedan was just like the one used by a suspected flasher in Irvine earlier this year.
The suspected flasher had approached two 15-year-old girls, separately, on Feb. 12. Both incidents happened near West Yale Loop and Warner Avenue. The suspect would pull up to the curb and beckon each girl to come to this car. In one case, he had his pants unzipped.
Investigators suspect the same man tried to approach two other girls in separate incidents on Jan. 17 and Feb. 4, Engen said. In those cases, the suspect walked around with his pants unzipped asking for directions. Those incidents occurred in the Woodbridge area of Irvine near West Yale Loop between Barranca Parkway and Yale Avenue.
Witnesses described the suspect as having light skin, in his 20s and having short, dark brown hair. He’s reportedly driving a 4-door sedan with tinted windows, with a license plate having some combination of 6NHB or 6HNB. Anyone with information was asked to call police at (949) 724-7200.