APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police arrested a suspect who allegedly lured young children to his vehicle and exposed himself, officials said.
On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Sheriff Detectives from Hesperia Station, in conjunction with the Hesperia School District Police Department conducted extra patrol efforts at the Hesperia Schools and bus stops regarding an unknown suspect who had been exposing himself to children leaving school.
The unknown suspect was described as either a white or Hispanic male with a beard, driving a small silver vehicle.
At about 3:30 p.m., Detectives spotted the suspect driving in the area of Mesquite Trails Elementary and Cedar Middle Schools and conducted a traffic stop.
The driver, Alex Chavez, 25, a resident of Hesperia, matched the suspect description.
“Through investigation, Chavez was identified as the suspect in several incidents where he lured young children to his vehicle and exposed himself,” stated sheriff’s officials in a news release.
Chavez was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center and was cite released with a pending court date.
Detectives believe there may be additional victims and are releasing a photo of Chavez.
Anyone with information regarding similar incidents which might be related to Chavez are urged to contact the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station. Those who would like to remain anonymous can contact the WeTip hotline at 800-78-CRIME or www.wetip.com