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Orange County authorities search for man who approached 10-year-old boy

Composite Orange County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who approached a 10-year-old boy walking to school.

About 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, a fourth-grader was walking to Del Obispo Elementary School in San Juan Capistrano when he was approached by a man in a late-model gray or silver Chevy pickup and told to get in the vehicle.

The boy did not report the incident until about 11 a.m. He described the man as a 50- to 60-year-old white male with short gray hair, a gray jacket and Levis, and a “big red nose.” He said the man pulled up next to him near Del Obispo and Avenida Pedregal and rolled down the window.

He said something the child did not understand. When the boy told the man he didn’t comprehend what he was saying, the man said, “Get in the truck and I’ll take you there.” The man pointed to the school. The child fled on foot.

Authorities said the pickup's California license plate begins with the letters Q and R and ends with either ME or MW. The man’s vehicle also had a gray toolbox in the truck bed. Anyone with information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.

-- Nicole Santa-Cruz

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Photo: Composite sketch of suspect. Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department

 
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