Perris – On Dec. 9, the Perris Police Department was notified of an attempted kidnapping in the area of Lakeside Middle School in the city of Perris. The incident was reported to have occurred the day before, on Dec. 8 at approximately 4:20 PM. The victim was a 12-year old female who reported the incident to school officials the following morning.
According to the victim, she was walking on Sherman Avenue, north of Walnut Street, when she was approached by a red vehicle. From inside the vehicle, the suspect yelled out to her to get into his car. The child said she ignored him and continued to walk on the sidewalk. She said the suspect pulled forward, parked his car and walked toward her telling her to get in his car. When she refused, the suspect grabbed her and attempted to pull her toward his car. The victim said she kicked the suspect, broke free and ran to her father who was waiting around the corner to pick her up after a school activity. The victim and her father searched the area for the suspect; however, they were unable to locate him.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s, with a muscular build, approximately six feet tall, 240 lbs. The victim described a “curvy” tattoo on the suspect’s right shoulder, believed to be a dragon. The suspect was wearing a black “beanie” style winter hat, black T-shirt with an eagle print on the front and the word “what” printed on the back of the shirt. The suspect had faded blue jeans and fled in a red, four-door sedan type vehicle.
According to the Perris Police Department, further investigation has revealed that two other attempted kidnappings may have occurred involving this same suspect and vehicle – one on Oct. 16, and the other on Dec. 1 – each occurring around Lakeside Middle School. The Perris Police Department is working closely with administrators from the Val Verde School District to ensure the safety of the students.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers of getting into a stranger’s car and discussing a safety plan in the event they are approached by a stranger. Although more officers have been assigned to these areas, the Perris Police Department is encouraging children walking to and from school to walk with an adult or in a group.
Officers and Detectives from the Perris Police Department are aggressively investigating these incidents and are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact Investigator Parker at the Perris Police Department by calling (951) 210-1048, via email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org, or contact WeTip at 1-800-78-Crime. Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.