Suspect tried to lure young girl

mlpd_3-23-102.jpgSuspicious Incident

On Tuesday April 29th at about 5:30 pm, a report was made to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department regarding a male who attempted to get a young girl into his car. The 11 year old female said she was walking home from the library on Meridian Blvd at about 4:40 in the afternoon, when a man stopped his car and told her that her uncle wanted him to pick her up. When the girl raised her cell phone to call her uncle, the vehicle drove away. Her uncle was the reporting party and denied telling anyone to pick up the child.

The suspect appeared to be the only occupant in the vehicle and never got out or touched the victim.

The suspect was described as a white, male, adult, mid 20’s, clean shaven, wearing large-framed dark sunglasses, a black beanie and a black or dark colored hoodie.

The vehicle was described as a black mini-SUV similar to a Subaru or Honda CRV, newer and clean looking with tinted windows and bearing Nevada license plates.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011 or after hours at (760) 932-7549.



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14 Responses to Suspect tried to lure young girl

  1. sean April 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    Bank robberies, whack jobs assaulting women in broad daylight on Main street, and now attempted child abduction from an out of state vehicle/person after school. Mammoth is becoming a destination all right… for dirt bags.

    Dear TOML – When can we get some reasonable patrol staffing back?? Does someone have to get murdered before you wake up and get police staffing back to nationally accepted and reasonable levels? Or do you just want to spend more money on committees, consultants, and studies?

    These crimes are pissing me off and disturbing my peace. They make Mammoth “feel” unsafe regardless of that the crime statistics show. I want the TOML admin to get staffing levels back up so the police can have a more visible presence in town.

  2. Tinner April 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Wow, I’m impressed.That little girl is SHARP! Not only did she call her uncle to confirm but she got a pretty darn good description of the creep. Somebody taught that girl well.

  3. Bemused April 30, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    1). Local crime rates are down significantly overall in the past 18 months or so.

    2). None of the crimes you described would have been prevented by additional patrol staff. And in the case of the assault; a member of the police force (WCO) was actually directly accosted by the perp, and the reports are that initial backup responded within 1 minute, with a multitude of additional units arriving shortly thereafter from multiple agencies.

    Law enforcement doesn’t generally prevent crimes…they tag, bag, and investigate. It’s primarily up to you to protect you and yours.

    • sean April 30, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      Bemused – I was a patrol cop for 10 years, a reserve for 3 years before that, and a jailer. Your opinions about the impact of patrol cops and what their presence on the street does is flat our wrong. Crime stats are down because less arrests are being made. Go ask the cops. Less arrests are being made and thus crime stats are lower because there are only half the number of cops around town.

      In my experience crimes don’t occur in front of cops if the suspects know the cops are watching them or nearby. Yes maybe the whacko on Main st might have gone after an Officer in a black and white. But he didn’t. He first attacked a women and then attempted to assault a non-uniformed Wildlife Officer. No one knows if he would have tried the same thing with a uniformed Peace Officer. He might have but I doubt it.

      I promise you bank robbers and pedophiles don’t rob banks or try to steal kids with cops on the street or in the nearby area (i.e. if the crooks just passed a cop car a block down the street). Cops on the streets do significantly impact crime. Anyone who has done the job for a department that has the proper resource levels knows what I am talking about. These are dozens of studies showing the effectiveness of cops on the street. Just look at the turnaround in crime New York has experienced since they put more cops back on the streets.

      I will be voting for the town council candidates that support the Mammoth Lakes PD being restored to it’s appropriate staffing levels and I would encourage all my friends to do the same.

      Bemused – I agree with you about everyone being able to protect themselves first.

      • Benett Kessler April 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

        Check out Chief Dan Watson’s comments on crime trends –


      • Bemused May 1, 2014 at 11:26 am #

        I believe what you’re saying as it applies to street crime in urban/suburban (sprawling) environments replete with loitering, gangs, extensive truancy, homelessness, etc.

        However, in a tiny isolated hamlet with next to zero street crime already (e.g. Mammoth), it’s clearly a very different scenario…

  4. Question April 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

    Im glad she is ok and apparantly used a great bit of intelligence by the use of her phone! However, one thing in this story concerns me! How did the suspect know she was staying with or knew she had an uncle in the area! Either he knows her or maybe something else! Kinda creepy if you ask me! If it happened as the story was written! Why did he not say “mom or dad asked me to pick you up! ” Something to ponder!

    Good teaching though on someone’s part, so she knew what to do! I’m not trying to downplay the situation but if he used those words it may open up a possible suspect!

  5. sugar magnolia May 1, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    I see Mono county sheriff vehicles hiding behind bushes on 395 all the time, and they pull cars over in mammoth. Why aren’t they out there patrolling our Mono County communities instead of hiding behind bushes? They have a pretty large area to patrol, I’ve never understood how they have time to hide behind bushes all day long.

  6. Craig May 1, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Sugar magnolia. Are you sure you’re not confusing MCSO with CHP I haven’t seen any sheriff officers hiding in bushes

    • The Aggressive Progressive May 2, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Either or, CHP or Mono Sheriff, what security is the public receiving from that? Why should that be acceptable? along with the fact Police forces protect a system that bail’s out billionaires and foreclose house’s on the public they are meant to serve, this system/society breed’s deprivation, which breeds crime!

      What are we doing?

    • sugar magnolia May 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      yes craig, I know the difference between CHP and Mono County Sheriffs. You must not drive between Mammoth and Bishop much, they are out there pretty much every day. Personally, I think we have more CHP here per capita than anywhere else in California, we should be able to leave the highway patrol to the CHP…that is pretty much their job.

  7. ferdinand lopez May 2, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    its possible that mammoth is no longer safe for young girls to walk unsupervised,i know in most places in L.A. it would be unheard of,from mayberry to watts

  8. Wayne Deja May 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    Ferdinand…This one here really crosses the line as far as young girls not being safe or unsupervised….From what my neighbor says,having lived up there for a few years,the bad behavior towards girls is usually reserved for the 21 and up that happen to be leaving the bars and taverns after dark on the week-ends……

  9. ferdinand lopez May 3, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    facts are facts,take a look at the crimes happening recently,crazy stuff,mostly drug related,very unsafe,and just the start if it continues,just like everywhere else


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