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Murrieta Valley High School students on alert for sexual predator

A map indicates the locations of two incidents, where a man performed lewd acts in front of teenage girls on their way to Murrieta Valley High School in September 2013. (Murrieta Police Department)

September 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A search is under way for a suspect wanted for performing lewd acts on teenage girls near Murrieta Valley High School.

School officials say a 16-year-old girl was driving past the school Thursday morning when a man stopped his car next to her and performed a lewd act near Washington Avenue and Nighthawk Way.

The girl described the suspect as a Hispanic male between 30 and 50 years old.

Last Thursday, a 15-year-old also reported a similar incident near the school. She was walking to school near Washington Avenue and Vineyard Parkway when a man stopped his car and performed a lewd act.

The girl described the suspect as a Hispanic male between 25 and 20 years old.

Both teens described the suspect's vehicle as a 1990s compact car with blue oxidized paint. The 15-year-old said the car had dirty tinted windows.

The Murrieta Police Department is investigating both incidents. They described the suspect as having a short stature, stocky build and short, dark hair. They also said his vehicle could possibly be a Toyota.

If you have any information about these cases, you're urged to contact the Murrieta Police Department.