Police Seek Help in Possible Local Sighting of Child Molester

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking the public's help regarding the possible sighting of an accused child molester in Temecula.

This plea follows the report by a resident at the Promenade Mall in Temecula about the suspect, who is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department regarding an incident Jan. 1 in Palmdale.

According to police, a suspect sexually assaulted a child in the bathroom of a Denny’s Restaurant in Palmdale on New Year's Day. Sheriff's officials investigating the case put out a suspect information flier and press release regarding the incident.

On Monday, Jan. 6, about 3:30 p.m., a citizen driving through the Promenade Mall observed a male subject walk in front of their vehicle. The citizen honked at the subject to move and then drove away. The citizen later became aware of the fliers put out by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department regarding the Jan. 1 incident and realized the subject appeared to match the description of the suspect in that case.

The suspect in the sexual assault at the Denny’s Restaurant in Palmdale was described as follows:

White male adult, about 5-foot-8 tall and weighing about 150 pounds, with shaggy blond hair, and walking with a noticeable limp. He was wearing a red shirt, dark-colored shorts, and dark tennis shoes on the day of the attack. The subject is also described as being a possible transient.

Below is a surveillance photo from the Denny's restaurant that day. If anyone sees this subject in Riverside County, please contact the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000 to report their information. If outside Riverside County, please refer to Detective Uribe of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 661-478-8249.


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