press release - 02151704

Suspect Attempts to Lure Junior High School Student Into Vehicle


Goleta - February 15th, 2017


At approximately 3:40 p.m. today, a 13-year-old Goleta Valley Junior High student was walking on Shirrell Way near the Fairview Shopping Center in the City of Goleta when she was approached by a white male suspect driving a black pickup truck.  The suspect used several tactics which included statements to attempt to lure her into the vehicle. 

He is described as a white male in his forties with blonde hair, bluish grey eyes and a grey mustache.  He was driving a black pickup truck, possibly a Ford, with damage to the rear end and a hanging brake light. 

If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150.  To leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171. 

The Sheriff’s Office wants to applaud the 13-year-old student for being aware of her surroundings, not falling for his attempts to get her into the vehicle and for reporting the incident right away.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds parents to teach their children to avoid walking alone and to never approach a vehicle or go near a car with someone in it.  Also, they should never get into a car without your permission.  Adults usually don’t ask children for directions.  Tell your kids whose car they are allowed to ride in and that they should not listen to instructions that someone told them for you to pick them up.  Always remember if you see something, say something.



For Media Inquires Contact PIO Kelly Hoover


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