Police are searching for a man who may be linked to a series of incidents in San Luis, Ariz., last week in which female middle school and high school students were reportedly approached and verbally harassed.
The San Luis Police Department received several complaints of a man believed to be in his late 20s who approached the students, asked their names and tried to start a conversation with them. He also offered them rides to school and followed some of the juveniles in his vehicle.
None of the juveniles reported any physical contact or attempted kidnappings.
SLPD is seeking 30-year-old Adrian Rafael Navarro for questioning regarding this case. He is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 145 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.
He may be driving a late-model gray Honda coupe with California plates.
SLPD warns anyone who sees Navarro not to approach him, but to instead report the incident to police.
SLPD encourages anyone with any information about Navarro's whereabouts to call Detective Ernesto Prieto at (928) 341-2420, or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.
Kidnappings have become a serious concern for South County residents.
On Friday, the rumor of a child abduction circulating on social media prompted the Gadsden Elementary School District to distribute fliers urging parents to take precautions to ensure the safety of their children when walking between home and class.
Gadsden district officials and SLPD said there was no such kidnapping, but the rumor came on the heels of a kidnapping in March of a 14-year-old girl who was later released by the abductor. SLPD did not specify if there was any connection between that incident and Navarro.
In that early morning incident in March, a female San Luis High School student had been walking to class in the 600 block of 10th Avenue when she reportedly accepted a ride from a man driving a minivan. The man reportedly covered the girl's face with a rag laced with a chemical that caused her to pass out.
She later was dropped off near her home, police said, adding that she apparently had not been sexually molested.