Sheriff's Office looking for info about 'suspicious' Menlo Park incident

Stranger approached teen walking to school and offered a ride in exchange for money

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is looking for information about an incident it deems suspicious that occurred Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Around 7:30 a.m. that day, a 14-year-old girl was walking to school near the intersection of Ringwood Avenue and Coleman Avenue in unincorporated Menlo Park when she was approached by a Hispanic man driving a dark gray or black BMW, according to an Oct. 9 statement from the Sheriff's Office.

The man said he was low on gas and offered to give the teenager a ride if she gave him some money.

She declined the offer and the man drove away. The girl was not harmed, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The man had blond hair, was clean-shaven, and wore a red sweater and black vest. Instead of a license plate, the car he was driving had a dealership advertisement, the Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about the incident to call 650-599-1536 or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700.


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Kate Bradshaw


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Posted by Menlo guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Oct 10, 2018 at 6:27 pm

There are so many vehicles driving around Menlo Park and Redwood City with very obvious illegal paper plates. There is no enforcement on vehicles with paper plates and now they're being used to avoid bridge tolls and commit crimes.

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Posted by driver
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm

Governor Brown signed a new state law to get rid of the old unnumbered dealer tags, beginning next January. Hopefully this will make our streets a little safer.

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Posted by Local
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Oct 10, 2018 at 11:44 pm

Law enforcement agencies have requested that we report these non-registered cars -- but they haven't told the SMC Sheriff's Office dispatchers that they have requested the public' assistance.

Don't bother calling them into SMCo unless you'd like a scorching scolding from an ignorant dispatcher. I was accused by one of harassing poor people.

When authorities request public help in reducing crime, they must respect and value our efforts to do so.

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