Paso Robles police need help identifying a man who has reportedly attempted to lure young women into his truck.
On March 4, a 15-year-old girl walking home alone from school told police that an adult male followed her to her neighborhood in the area of Nicklaus Street and Wade Drive on the city’s east side.
The girl told her parents, and said that the same man had followed her and attempted to lure her into his vehicle on two other occasions in the same area within the past two months, police said.
The first time, the man asked the victim for help starting his vehicle by sitting “in the driver’s seat to step on the gas pedal,” police said. The victim became concerned and walked away, police said. She walked away the second time he asked for help as well.
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A similar situation was reported Thursday. A 21-year-old woman told police that an adult male drove past her several times while she was walking with her dog around 6:30 p.m. in the area of Vine and 12th streets on the city’s west side.
The man motioned for the woman to come over to him, police said, but she kept walking. The woman later saw the same man near his vehicle, which appeared to be having mechanical problems. The man asked if the woman would get into his vehicle and help him start the engine, but police said the woman refused and walked away.
As the woman left the area, she snapped a photo of the man and his truck with her cell phone and called police.
He’s described as a white male adult in his late 40s to early 50s, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with an average to stocky build. He has short, light-colored hair and is balding on top. He is also described as being clean-shaven with straight white teeth.
Police say he drives an older maroon or dark-colored, full-size, two-door pickup. The truck in the photo appears to be a maroon Dodge full-size two-door single cab pickup with a California license plate, police said.
Investigators believe the same man is responsible in both cases. Paso Robles police encourage anyone with information to call the department’s investigations bureau at 237-6464. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP or text-message information to SLOTIPS (274637).