The suspect is described as being a Hispanic in his late 20s, with short, black hair, dark brown eyes and a short beard. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and reflective sunglasses on his head.
The sheriff’s office also released a sketch of the suspect, based on the descriptions provided by the girls.
It happened on Wednesday morning in Poinciana, said Twis Lizasuain, the public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the incident.
Around 7:45 a.m., a twelve-year-old girl was walking to school when she noticed a car parked nearby. When Osceola deputies got to the scene around 9 a.m. to take her report on what had happened, the girl described the vehicle as an older model, faded forest green, four-door car with tinted windows. It was driving nearby, the girl said, and continued to follow her as she met up with two friends at York Court.
“As they were walking to school, they saw the same vehicle,” Lizasuain said.
And that’s when they also got to see the driver.
“The driver of the vehicle made a complete stop, rolled down the windows and stated, ‘Girls, look,’ ” Lizasuain noted. “The driver was exposed and inappropriately touching himself.”
The girls quickly ran to their school, where they reported the incident to school administrators, who called the sheriff’s office.
In releasing the composite sketch, the sheriff’s office is hoping someone recognizes the suspect and reports his identity to detectives. Anyone with information about this incident or who thinks they know the suspect should call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222.
Anyone who wants to provide information anonymously can call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477). Even if the information is provided anonymously, tips that lead to a felony arrest are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.
Lizasuain said after this incident, the sheriff’s office is once again urging parents to re-enforce to their children a very simple rule: stay away from adults they don’t know.
“Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies want to encourage parents to talk to their children about strangers,” Lizasuain said. “Remind your child that they should not take walks or rides with a stranger, and they should not accept gifts, candy or food from people that they do not know.”
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