The Irvine Police Department has advised that it’s seeking a suspect who allegedly exposed himself to one high school student and harassed another in the Woodbridge area.
The crime reportedly occurred at about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday while two 15-year-old girls were walking home near West Yale Loop and Warner Avenue. It was reported later that night.
We’re including a composite sketch of the suspect, who is described as a male with light skin, possibly 20 to 30 years old, with short, brown hair. Detectives believe he may have also been involved in similar incidents in the Woodbridge area on Jan. 17 and Feb. 4. On Wednesday, he was driving a dark four-door sedan with tinted windows, according to the official news release, which can be accessed by clicking here.
Police searched the area after the report was made and have increased patrols before, during and after school. IUSD has also offered to work closely with authorities to assist with communication efforts. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at 949-724-7200.
Fortunately, no one was physically harmed as a result of this incident, yet it should further serve as a reminder to promote vigilance and to make sure every child is aware of the proper safety procedures. Specifically, IUSD and the Irvine Police Department advise that students know to take the following actions:
- Stay alert and aware of your surroundings
- If approached by a suspicious stranger, run away and immediately notify your parents or a trusted adult
- If wearing headphones, look for approaching people or vehicles as you may not hear them
- Whenever possible, walk with a partner or in a group
- Stay away from remote and unfamiliar areas
- Stay on the part of the walkway that is farthest away from shrubs, dark doorways and alleys where people can hide
- Do not approach vehicles that may slow or stop ahead of you
- If you see suspicious activity or persons, immediately leave the area and call 911
- Always avoid substances that may make you vulnerable, such as drugs and alcohol