• Grass Valley Abduction Attempts Continue

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    March 18, 2014 /  California Beware!

    008Grass Valley, California. March 17, 2014

    Child Abduction Attempts Continue…Nevada County Residents Take Extreme Caution!  

    A chilling string of six attempted child abductions have occurred in Grass Valley since July 2013.

    2013– The first four incidents were reported between July and September. All four victims were female with ages ranging from 5 to 18 years old.

    2014– March 7th and 13th, two more abduction attempts were reported to the Nevada County Sheriff, bringing the total to six in less than one year.

    The first of two recent attempts involved a 6-year old girl in her own yard on Knolls Drive, who was asked to “help find a dog”. The second victim, a 16-year old boy walking on East Hacienda Drive was approached by a man in a truck and asked to “help find something”. The boy offered to help but would not get in the vehicle. This apparently angered the suspect, who then demanded he get in. Thankfully, this smart young man refused and was able to hide in the bushes and call 911. Two different, but similar looking vehicles were reported; a black, oxidized Dodge Durango and a newer model black Toyota 4- Runner, with heavily tinted windows. Both recent attempts took place in South Nevada County near the Magnolia Road area. For details of prior attempts in 2013, see TCC’s previous post “Alert! Grass Valley”.

    The suspect is described as a large, middle aged man, deep voice, shaved/bald head, small patch of facial hair/goatee, two silver hoop earrings, black rimmed sunglasses. From last year’s description, his hair may be graying, if it grows out naturally, while the facial hair may appear darker.

    Until now, it was unclear if any of these cases were related. Now it appears very likely that some of them are.

    A reminder from True Crime California:

    As mentioned in previous posts, child abductors do not “just stop”. Human predators learn from their mistakes. Every time he fails, he will adapt his method to achieve success. Using multiple vehicles, shaving his head and facial hair is quite easy. He may also grow his hair out, change hair color, grow a full beard or start clean shaving. Next time he may use a sedan instead, or wear a hat. One thing is certain, he will continue to make attempts until he is successful, or taken into custody.

    Prudent investigators from the Grass Valley Police Department and/or the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office will likely be re-examining the identity of the suspect questioned and released on September 22, 2013, who tried to lure a 13-year old female, walking on Dorsey Drive into his truck. When questioned, he claimed he “thought she was an adult”. Citizens of Nevada County should expect to see a sketch of the suspect released soon, since six different witnesses can now contribute details to it.

    Danger Zones: Magnolia Road, Combie Road, Rodeo Flat, Knolls Drive, La Hacienda Drive, Rattlesnake Road, Dog Bar, Hwy 174 and the entire Dorsey Drive area of Grass Valley. *Residents in Lake of the Pines, Alta Sierra, Cedar Ridge, Colfax, Grass Valley, Hwy 49 and Bear River Recreation Areas, need to use every precaution. At all times of day and night.

    Be Prepared: In the State of California, a minor of age 16 or older may carry pepper spray with written permission from a parent. Likewise, a younger child may be equipped with a loud whistle to blow if necessary. Remind your kids to BE AWARE! Even if they roll their eyes, say it again.

    Tips for Kids: Look around, walk or bike with a friend, take out your ear-buds so you can hear, and do not walk and text so you are able to see! Most importantly, notice if someone is noticing YOU.

    Be Safe California. True Love Never Dies

    If you have any information regarding these attempted abductions, or to report suspicious activity, please call the Nevada County Sheriff at 530-265-7880.

    Written by Chandler Vaughn. Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

     

     

     

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  • Beware! Halloween Predator in Grass Valley

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    October 29, 2013 /  California Beware!, True Crime Prevention

    beware pumpkinBeware! Halloween Predator in Grass Valley, California.

    It is unfortunate to have to print those words…”Beware! Halloween Predator!” Sounds pretty sensational for a small town like Grass Valley, but it’s not. There have been 4 attempted abductions in Grass Valley since July 2013. This is not just a catchy headline, it’s a reality.

    The first victim was an 18 year old, the following two victims were 13, and the last small victim was only 5. All were female. All were approached in vehicles. *(Please see previous TCC post, “Alert Grass Valley” Oct 13th for details, locations and description of suspects.)*

    Nevada County Residents: Exercise Extreme Caution this Halloween! This advisory applies to all surrounding areas including Nevada City, Cedar Ridge, Chicago Park, Colfax, Penn Valley and especially Grass Valley itself, daytime hours included.

    Although the excitement of “Trick or Treating” is adored by some children (and adults) more than Christmas morning, it’s a very risky activity this season anywhere in Nevada County.

    Child and female predators do not “just stop”. Predators learn much from their failures and are driven to continue, until they succeed. Sickening but true. Please keep that in mind this October 31st.

    Happy Halloween! Be Safe California.

    If you have any information on the attempted kidnappings/child abductions in Grass Valley or to report suspicious behavior please contact the Nevada County Sheriff at 530-265-7880.

     

     

     

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  • Sac Halloween Store Suspect Released

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    October 27, 2013 /  California Beware!

    grath clark child photosHalloween Store Suspect Arrested and Released in Sacramento, Ca.

    Beware citizens of Sacramento, this suspect has already been caught and released.

    Garth Clark was arrested on Monday, October 21, 2013 by the Sacramento County Sheriff’ for an offense called “Child Annoyance”.

    Allegedly, Clark was following young female shoppers in a seasonal Halloween store and photographing their “backsides” with his cell phone. A disturbed parent, whose child had been photographed called law enforcement.

    When Sacramento County Sheriff arrived at the store at 6071 Florin Road, Clark was still inside. Upon his arrest, his cell phone was seized and at least 50 different photos of unknown children were discovered. The photographs were suspicious, inappropriate, and all were female children under the age of 10.

    Because the charge of “Child Annoyance” is a misdemeanor, law enforcement have no choice but to release him back into the community. Expected release date: Thursday ( Oct. 24, 2013 ).

    Garth Clark is described as a white male, 150 lbs, 5 feet 4 inches tall. He has balding gray/white hair and mustache with green eyes.

    Garth Clark is said to be visiting family members in the Sacramento area. He arrived in Sacramento only one day before his arrest for “Child  Annoyance”. It is possible Clark is still in the vicinity and a danger to the children of Sacramento.

    *Remember, child predators keep trying until they are successful or stopped. So keep on high alert this Halloween!

    To report a crime or suspicious behavior please contact: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office at (916)-874-3002.

    Be Safe California.

    Written by Chandler Vaughn. Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

     

     

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  • October 13, 2013 /  California Beware!, True Crime Prevention

    008Child Predator Alert in Grass Valley, Nevada County, California.

    Since July 2013, four attempted abductions have occurred in Grass Valley, California. The individual(s) responsible have not been taken into custody and remain at large. Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution!

    The first abduction attempt was reported on Thursday, July 11th by an 18 year old female walking to an apartment complex on Dorsey Drive in Grass Valley. The young lady reported that a male driver attempted to pull her into his vehicle, a small, dark colored wagon, resembling a Subaru. The suspect was described as a young male in his mid 20’s  to 30’s with dirty blond “dread locks”. She struggled with the attacker and was able to run away.

    The second abduction attempt took place on Friday, the 13th of September. After exiting her school bus in south Nevada County, a female Magnolia student was approached by a man in his 40’s, driving an older red truck, possibly American made. He was described as having light gray or white hair with a darker goatee.The suspect offered a ride, to which the young lady said no, but this angered the suspect and he began yelling and demanding she get in. Thankfully, she ran away and made it home to her mother. This attempt took place at Combie and Rodeo Flat Roads.

    The third attempt occurred Sunday, September 22nd on Dorsey Drive. A 13 year old female was approached by a man with short, light brown hair, this time, in an older truck with yellow worn or faded spots, who asked her if she wanted a ride. (This is the second attempted abduction on Dorsey Drive since July.) Evidently, law enforcement officers questioned the suspect after this incident, but he was not arrested.  His suspicious explanation was that he mistook her for an adult. Giant red flag.

    The most recent attempt occurred on Sunday, September 29th near Rattlesnake and Dog Bar Roads. A 5 year old female and her younger brother were approached by an older man with a mustache, driving a late model red truck, who then asked her to climb in and “help find his puppy”.  The children ran home and made it to safety. (This suspect is the second individual described as an older man in a red truck.)  Although it is unknown if any of these incidents are related, there appear to be some similarities.

    Unfortunately, these predators will continue hunting until they are successful. Whether at a bus stop, riding a bike home, or simply playing in the front yard, children, teens and even young adult females need to be cautious. It doesn’t seem possible for a child abductor or rapist to blend into a safe place like Grass Valley, but until these crimes are solved, it appears to be happening.

    Citizens of Nevada County Take Extreme Caution!

    Stay Alert. Take note of surrounding cars, trucks and human activity at all times, day and night. Take note of locations and proximity to schools and parks. Notice anyone who looks suspicious. It is possible that these attempts are being carried out by persons who change vehicles or alter their physical appearance, so stay on guard.

    Reminder: On most Halloween nights in Grass Valley and Nevada City, residents are safe to enjoy trick or treating in almost any neighborhood, but are now advised to be on HIGH ALERT and take extra precaution until the suspect(s) are taken into custody.

    If you have any information relating to the attempted female abductions in Grass Valley please contact the Nevada County Sheriff at 530-265-7880.

    Please Keep Your Kids Indoors and Stay Safe California. Written by Chandler Vaughn. Contact chandlerzone@gmail.com

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