Irvine Police Department Press Release, Public Information Office3/27/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PRESS RELEASE #3/27/13
Contact : Julia Engen, Lieutenant, 949-724-7112, firstname.lastname@example.org
IRVINE, CA (March 27, 2013): On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Irvine Police Officers received a report of a child annoyance. The incident occurred on Deerfield Avenue west of Yale Avenue at approximately 1:45 p.m.
The victim, a 6-year-old female, was walking home from school with her two older siblings but had walked ahead, out of their sight. The suspect pulled up to the curb where she was walking and began asking the girl questions. The suspect asked the victim where she goes to school and for information about where she lives.
While the victim was talking to the suspect from the sidewalk, he asked her if she had, “seen this”, causing her to move nearer to the car. When she looked inside the open passenger window, he exposed himself to her. The girl immediately walked away and rejoined her siblings. The report was made later, when she arrived home and told a family member. The siblings had not witnessed the incident.
The suspect is described as a male, white in his thirties, wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans. He was driving a white vehicle, on Deerfield Avenue, west of Yale Avenue.
Officers checked the area at the time of the report and will be increasing patrols in the area during hours when children are walking to and from the area’s schools. Irvine Police personnel are working closely with Irvine Unified School District personnel and staff at the school sites to ensure information about the incident is provided to parents in the area.
The Irvine Police Department encourages parents to discuss safety with their children, especially regarding approaching strangers or strange vehicles. Children should never approach occupied cars and should dial 911 or call out for help if approached and should never hesitate to report suspicious or dangerous activity.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Irvine Police Department at 949-724-7000.
IRVINE POLICE DEPARTMENT
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(949) 724-7000 www.irvinepd.org
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