Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl walking home in Lakewood Village Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities.
The girl was heading home from school with a friend when the man drove up and asked for directions, according to the 13-year-old’s mother, who asked not to be named to avoid identifying her daughter.
The crime happened a couple of blocks south of Pan American Park, Long Beach Police Department spokesman Benjamin Hearst said.
The girls were on Charlemagne Avenue around 4 p.m. when the man first drove up and asked how to get to the freeway, according to the mom. A few moments later, he drove by again and asked them how to get to Cerritos College.
Finally, the man approached a third time, stopped, rolled down the passenger-side window and said something explicit to the girls while his genitals were exposed, according to the mother. She said he took off when another car started to pull up behind him.
After telling police about what happened, the mom turned to social media for help in finding the man, and she intends to ask neighbors too.
“We plan to go by the houses that this took place in front of on Charlemagne to see if anyone saw anything or if there is camera footage,” she said.
Her daughter also gave officers a detailed description of the man and his car, she said.
Police said he was driving an older two-door white sedan with black rims. Hearst said the man was described as a white man between 19 and 25 years old with a medium build and dark brown hair in a buzzcut. He was last seen wearing a navy-blue T-shirt and gray pants.
Police are still investigating and asked anyone with information to contact sex crimes detectives at 562-570-7368.
“The Long Beach Police Department also reminds the community if they see something, say something by calling 911,” Hearst said.
In a statement about the incident, police said that while they think the incident is an isolated one, Halloween brings out more kids than usual. They reminded the community that parents should accompany kids while trick-or-treating, to pay attention to surroundings at all time, only visit well-lit homes, never go into a stranger’s house, to stay in well populated areas and never cut through alleys or parks after dark.
Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.
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