VENTURA (CBS) — Ventura police are investigating two incidents of a man groping teenage girls.
Authorities say they responded to two separate cases on March 15 where the female victims were approached by a male suspect while walking on a sidewalk.READ MORE: 'It's Heartbreaking': ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres Closing Permanently Due To Pandemic Losses
Police say the first incident happened in the 1500 block of San Nicholas Street. A 13-year-old girl was approached by a Hispanic male who then reached under the girl’s dress and touched her underwear.
In the second incident, which occurred in the 1500 block of Santa Barbara Street, the suspect walked up behind a 15-year-old victim and grabbed her buttocks.READ MORE: 'We Are Seeing Our Economy Come Back To Life': Study Shows That Consumer Confidence In OC Is On The Rise As Residents Brace For Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Officials say during both incidents, the suspect was talking on his cell phone and ran away from the crime scene.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 18 to 19-year-old with short hair. Police say he wore a black baseball hat.MORE NEWS: 2 Men Hospitalized After Large Explosion At Valley Glen Home, Investigation Ongoing
Anyone with information should call the Ventura Police Department at (805) 339-4416 or Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-TIPS.