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Torrance suspect ordered 16-year-old girl into car

The Torrance Police Department released this sketch of a suspect wanted for trying to get a 16-year-old girl into his car on Oct. 16, 2013.
October 22, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Torrance police are searching for a potential predator who tried to get a 16-year-old girl into his car.

Authorities say the incident occurred Oct. 16 at about 7 a.m. as the victim was walking to North High School. The girl was near the corner of Artesia and Crenshaw boulevards when the suspect drove up next to her and ordered her to get in his car.

The victim ignored the suspect and continued to walk southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard. The suspect made a U-turn on Crenshaw Boulevard and continued to follow her.

As the victim approached 17th Street, the suspect turned onto 177th Street from Crenshaw and stopped his car in the crosswalk, blocking the victim's path.

When the suspect ordered the victim to get in his car again, the girl ignored him once more and walked around the suspect's car and headed southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard. Then, the suspect told the victim to get in his car a third time, this time saying he would pay her.

The suspect eventually drove away. He was described as a white male in his late 30s with short, straight, dark brown hair, brown eyes with a medium build. He was also said to have moles on his cheeks, chapped and cracked lips and bitten nails. He was seen wearing a gray and white striped beanie, green sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The suspect's car was described as a silver or gray newer-model four-door Honda with unknown white non-paper license plates.

Investigators don't know his intentions, but they issued a bulletin and asked anyone with information to call the Torrance Police Department at (310) 328-3456.


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