Man sought in connection with trying to lure 9-year-old Fallbrook girl into car
Friday, January 18th, 2013
Issue 03, Volume 17.
Sheriff's Dept. authorities said they are seeking a male suspect in connection with an incident that took place yesterday afternoon, Thurs., January 17, near La Paloma Elementary School in Fallbrook.
Sheriff's Lt. Todd Richardson, described the incident that took place at about 4 p.m. in the 300 block of Heald Lane.
"Fallbrook deputies responded to the La Paloma Elementary School to investigate a report of a nine-year-old female student being asked to get into a stranger's car," said Richardson. "Deputies arrived on scene and spoke to the student."
Richardson said the student "was standing in front of the school waiting for a family member to pick her up when a white truck driven by a white male adult stopped next to her."
"The driver attempted to coax the young girl into his vehicle, while Advertisement
[ Zion Lutheran (K-8) ] partially hiding his face," he said. "The male did not get out of the truck and the student did not get in. The student backed away from the truck and was helped by a parent of another student who was parked nearby. The driver of the truck drove away."
Richardson said the parent helped the student into the principal's office and called the Sheriff's Department.
"The student describes the suspect as a white man, heavy set, between 40 and 50 years old with redness on the skin in the neck and arm area," he said.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call the Fallbrook Sheriff's substation at (760) 451-3100. It is possible to remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
|Vet and Citizen|
Comment #1 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm
This should be easy if it is true... Pretty Brazen to do it infront of other parents, students, and the school.Video????...If your the heavy set guy, described in this article, turn yourself in please.
Comment #2 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:51 pm
Does this have anything to do with the helicopter(s) circling forever last night? Heard a few rounds of sirens as well. Hope they catch this guy.
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Read the story now online about the arrests relating to an armed robbery - helicopter was up for that also.
Comment #3 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm
That's good that another parent was aware of what was happening. Hopefully that parent got the plate number or even a partial would help the Sheriff.
Comment #4 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm
Catch this idiot quick, before someone tries to catch him themselves. What a shame, crimes in this area seem to flourish when the dust from another crime begins to settle. There are more idiots in this town than we care to admit. I hope that other parent was able to get a license number off of that truck. That little girl was taught the right way to handle this type of situation, good job to the parents of this little girl.
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Comment #5 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Did any parents at La Paloma receive notification? Usually I get nightly phone calls from the school regarding everything from upcoming holidays, and testing to PTA drives. I have not received a call about this incident.
Comment #6 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm
Really bothered that VFN is the first time I have heard about this. The school didn't even address it with the kids today. Any other time La Paloma calls NIGHTLY to inform me of holidays, book fairs, PTA drives etc. I am really saddened that La Paloma didn't deem this worthy of a nightly call to parents or any kind of discussion with the students regarding campus safety.
|Vet and Citizen|
Comment #7 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm
Dude, your points are well taken. It isn't VN's job, but if this were a "real" crisis, there would have been more notification I believe.
Maybe Law Enforcement knows more than they are leading on. Maybe the story "is yet another" story, that isn't jiving... If this is "true", I hope they find this guy, who probably isn't a resident of Fallbrook...
In fact, I hope he turns himself in and saves whatever left of his dignity there is.
But it was a busy time at the school and no one got license plate, only one parent helped the kid, etc... Lets just pray for the best....
Comment #8 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm
La Paloma did sent letters with the student, my sister goes to that school and she brought a letter with this information.
Comment #9 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm
La PALOMA school did actually send home today with the students/children a letter from their principal regarding this situation.
Comment #10 | Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 11:54 pm
Check your child's backpack...my kids go to Mary Fay Pendleton and they brought home a letter stating what happened at La Paloma and to talk to our children about stranger safety.
Comment #11 | Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 at 9:36 am
So tired of all the losers who make Fallbrook a scary place to live. Looks like we have to lock up our children because it isn't safe. It seems like everyday there's more crime being committed. Wish the cops would just lock the losers away and throw away the key, but wait that's right they have rights too. So sick to my stomach already!
Comment #12 | Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 at 10:58 am
Thank God the little girl had the good sense to back away.
Comment #13 | Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm
I agree with Joemamma, I am glad that the parents taught the little girl to back away from the vehicle. Anytime anyone is out and about, you need to always know your surroundings and what is going on around you. Walking around with tunnel-vision is not helping our little community. It is easy to get complacent, unfortunately these are no longer the times to be complacent, we need to be aware to protect our children and our neighborhood families. I also agree with Vet and Citizen, I think that law enforcement knows more than we do at this point, and I think this character will be caught, but we as a community need to stand up and make sure when he is, that he stays where he is longing to be, in prison. Too many of these law-breaking idiots are getting a slap on the hand, when they should be locked away like they want us to become. Pull together people and we can make some of these idiots stay behind bars, but we need to work collectively.
Comment #14 | Sunday, Jan 20, 2013 at 8:46 am
@ Enough Already and California Native,
Its not Fallbrook it is the stance people have taken on crime. If you think this only happens in Fallbrook you need to open your eyes, it is a problem nation wide. Voters have made it clear they want a liberal judicial system. The revolving door of justice keeps these sexual predators on the street and living in everyone's neighborhood -- Just check the Megan's Law Web Site. Until the people vote to be tough on crime and are willing to pay the price to keep child molesters and sex offenders locked up, this kind of activity will only get worse. As far as Fallbrook goes, it is one of the most beautiful place in the world to live, so stop pointing the finger at a geographical location and blame the real problem, "We the People".
Comment #15 | Monday, Jan 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm
@preston - I have messaged before but my comment was not listed. You, sir, are a breath of fresh air, too many here comment on race (racismt) location (clasism) it is nice to see a logical person's comments
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Comment #16 | Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013 at 8:33 am
Thanks Grunt, I appreciate that.