San Luis Obispo police searching for man who harassed 15-year-old girl

A 15-year-old girl walking down Los Osos Valley Road was victimized by a man who pulled his car next to her and made lewd gestures while a 3-year-old sat in the back of the car, police say.

The teen was walking in the 12000 block near Auto Parkway when a man, who she later described as a “chubby” Hispanic male adult with a baby face and a shaved head, pulled his car next to her and asked for directions, said San Luis Obispo police Capt. Chris Staley.

The girl spoke with him briefly before he made lewd comments and appeared to be masturbating under his clothes. She reported that there was a roughly 3-year-old child in a car seat in the backseat of the car, police say. The child did not appear to be in distress, and the man did not attempt to follow the teen as she walked away.

Staley said the girl described his car as an older, likely ’90s model, red sedan.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man. Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 781-7317 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP.