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Police warn of Ventura child-annoyance suspect

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

February 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The Ventura Police Department warned the public Wednesday about a child-annoyance suspect who has accosted minors in the city since November.

Three reports of child annoyance were received by the department between November 11, 2011, and Saturday, February 18. The incidents reportedly occurred between 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in mid- and downtown areas, according to police.

The juveniles were between 14 and 16 years old and were walking alone when the suspect allegedly attempted to lure them into his truck in exchange for money or a ride.

In each incident, the suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s speaking broken English and driving a pickup truck. Police say the suspect may be employed in construction or gardening.

The annoyance incidents were reported on blocks of Rancho Drive, Jordan Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue.

Police suspect there may be further victims.

If you have any information about this crime, you can make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. If your information leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.