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Police Arrest Man Who Approached School Girls
LA MESA -- One of the more disturbing crime reports of this week may have had a positive outcome with the arrest of a local man.
School resource officers at Grossmont High School had received reports from high school girls being approached by men on their way to school.
The La Mesa Police Department, in a joint effort with the El Cajon Police Department and the SAFE Team arrested La Mesa resident, Daniel Hubbard, for Child Annoying, False Imprisonment and Attempted Kidnapping.
Police said on May 5, victim #1 (15 year old female) and victim #2 (14 year old female) were walking to Grossmont High School. A male (later identified as Daniel Hubbard) drove past them in a tan van three different times. Hubbard asked the victims if they needed a ride to school and told them to get in the van. At one point, he angrily yelled at them to get into the van. When the victim’s ran towards the school, he drove away.
The El Cajon Police Department’s School Resource Officer at Grossmont High School put out a flyer describing the incident which was sent home with all the students. An anonymous citizen called the officer and told them the identity of the person she believed was the driving the van.
On May 16 victim #3 (18 year old female) was walking to Helix High School, when she was approached by Hubbard, this time driving an older pick-up truck. Hubbard pulled up along side the victim as she walked. He made comments to her and then whistled at her. The victim continued to walk, ignoring him. Hubbard pulled to the curb where the victim was walking and began walking with her. He said several sexual comments to her. The victim told Hubbard that she needed to get to school and for him to leave her alone.
Hubbard grabbed the victim’s left forearm with his right hand and tugged on her arm. The victim pulled back and slapped Hubbard’s hand off. She ran towards the school.
Victim #1 is a Spring Valley resident. Victim #2 is a resident of El Cajon. Victim #3 is a resident of Lemon Grove.
Hubbard was booked into county jail.
Anyone with additional information on these cases or any others, please call the La Mesa Police Department.