Man in Tesla Suspected of Trying to Lure Teenage Girl Into Vehicle

A teenage girl was approached at a Placentia bus stop by a man driving a Tesla, who tried to lure her into the vehicle with money, and authorities asked for the public's help Tuesday in identifying the driver.

The girl was standing at a bus stop in the 600 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue around 11 a.m. on March 13 when a man driving a black Tesla with no license plates pulled up along the curb, rolled down his window and began trying to talk with the victim and lure her into his vehicle, according to a statement from the Placentia Police Department.

When the victim refused to get into his car, the suspect offered her $100 for an hour if she would get into the vehicle and she again refused, prompting the man to drive away eastbound on Orangethorpe Avenue towards the Orange (57) Freeway, the statement said.

The suspect was described as Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair, brown eyes, thin build and clean shaven. He was wearing a black blazer jacket with purple dress pants and a watch on his right wrist, police said.

Placentia police detectives were investigating the validity of a post on social media that referenced a similar incident in a neighboring city, but did not release details of where and when the reported incident occurred.

Anyone with information on the March 13 incident was asked to call Placentia police detectives at (714) 993-8146 or Crime Stoppers at (855) 847- 6227.

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