Police warn of man harassing girls in Azusa

AZUSA — Police are seeking a man accused of harassing at least two girls and trying to get them into his car Thursday near Azusa Pacific University.
The incidents were reported within minutes of each other around 5:45 p.m. in the 900 block of E. Alosta Avenue, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said in a written statement.
Police were notified after a 14-year-old girl had a frightening encounter with a man in a blue, compact Honda sedan, the sergeant said.
The girl was walking down the street when the car stopped alongside her and the driver “honked and whistled to get her attention,” Sutcliffe said.
“When she looked at the vehicle, the driver motioned for her to come to him,” he said. 
The startled teen quickly entered a nearby restaurant and called her mother, officials said. A restaurant employee called police.
While investigating the incident, witnesses told officers of another similar incident that had occurred only minutes earlier.
An unidentified female victim was walking in the same area when the blue Honda made a U-turn and stopped beside her, Sutcliffe said. The driver then began yelling for the woman to get in the car with him.
“According to witnesses, the female appeared frightened by the man and did not act as though she knew him,” he said.
The Honda sped away when a good Samaritan approached and asked the driver what he was doing, Sutcliffe said.
“The female was later overheard by a witness saying the man in the Honda tried to force her into his vehicle.”
The victim left the area before police arrived, and officers were still hoping to speak with her Friday.
The driver of the blue Honda linked to both incidents was described as a Latino man, between 20 and 25 years old, with a light complexion. He wore a baseball cap backward.
Anyone with information was asked to call Azusa police at 626-812-3200.
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