OCSD investigators seek public’s help to identify child annoyance suspect


Orange County Sheriff’s investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in a child annoyance incident Wednesday morning.

At about 8:50 a.m. on Jan. 18, deputies received a report that a 5th grader walking to Ladera Ranch Elementary School was grabbed from behind by a male suspect.

The 10-year-old resisted the suspect by kicking and screaming and was able to get away.

The victim ran home and reported the incident to his mother. The mother and son then reported it to deputies.

The child described the suspect as a man with a dark complexion, possibly African American, thin build and tattoos on his hands. The suspect was wearing a dark-colored jacket, pants and boots.

Investigators are seeking any possible witnesses, surveillance video or additional victims. There is no suspect vehicle description.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Orange County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Hernandez at 949-206-6194 or the department commander at 714-647-7000. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-855-TIP-OCCS (1-855-847-6227).