CALABASAS (CBS) — A man who harassed a 10-year-old boy last week in Hidden Hills is believed to have approached an 11-year-old girl this week in a gated community in Calabasas.

The girl was walking home Wednesday afternoon from a park in The Oaks when the suspect drove up in a red Nissan Titan, sheriff’s Detective Matt Dunn said. The suspect drove alongside the girl and told her he was asked by her mother to pick her up and give her a ride.

The girl ran down the street and hid in nearby bushes. The suspect drove away, and the girl quickly went home and told her parents about the incident, Dunn said.

The same suspect is also believed to have followed a boy walking home from elementary school while driving a white Chevrolet van with a yellowish ladder on top, Dunn said. The suspect also told the boy in that incident that he was sent by his mother to pick him up.

The boy ignored the suspect and kept walking, so the suspect drove away. The boy reported the incident to his father as soon as he got home, Dunn said.

“We don’t know for certain what the intentions of the suspect are, but his actions cause considerable concern,” Dunn said in a statement, adding that detectives want to question the man.

Children are on the alert and are being careful to walk in groups.

He is described as 40 to 50 years old, Latino, possibly with a mustache.

One child said the suspect has a silver tooth on the upper left side of his mouth. The other child said he had a tattoo on his right forearm or wrist.

Anyone with information about the suspect can call Malibu-Lost Hills detectives at (818) 878-1808.

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Comments (6)
  1. Lisa Andrews says:

    The police need to find this idiot and fast.
    I’m sick and tired of kids being molested and murdered
    and parents have to be more mindful on where their kids
    go back and forth. No more leaving kids alone!!!

  2. Bryan says:

    Sounds like parents are doing a good job of instructing their kids what to do..and what not to’s impossible to watch kids all the teach them right..and you’ll be ok..

    1. Brian says:

      I live in this neighborhood and saw police arresting a man in a red truck just outside the gates. did they get him?

  3. Tm says:

    I hope they got him. I work in HH and especially after dark i get worried due to no street lights.

  4. Resident says:

    Anyone who doesn’t live within the gates is a visitor. If you are a visitor, you have to have permission to enter, sign in, show your license, etc… Wouldn’t someone be able to track down who was in that truck based on the time of day, description and make of vehicle, etc..? Aren’t there cameras that take pictures or videos of incoming and outgoing vehicles? I thought there were cameras. The guards are great but if there aren’t cameras, how can they catch people like this?

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