The Pembroke Pines Police Department on Thursday released a new digital composite sketch of a suspicious man who has approached five juveniles in four separate incidents within a week.
In all four incidents, police said the suspect approached the girls and boys while driving in a sedan to make conversation or to ask for directions. Police released three sketches of the suspect.
On Sept. 25, the man asked two girls if he could use their cell phones for directions because he was lost near Pines Middle School.
On Sept. 18, the suspect approached two girls on seperate occassions in front of a beauty store on Pembroke Road near Flamingo Road and asked for directions to Sawgrass Mills Mall. He soon asked if they needed to charge their cell phones after some small-talk.
“The male also asked the females to get closer to his vehicle and on one of the occasions he opened his trunk and asked the juvenile to get closer,” police said in a statement. “The juveniles walked away from the male without further incident.”
The suspicious activity has caused the some in the community to keep their guard up.
"Very frightening for sure and we consider this a safe neighborhood so it's disheartening to hear that it's going on here," Pembroke Pines resident Mike McManigal said.
Police described the suspect as a black male with a medium build aged 30 to 40 who is 5-feet, 10-inches tall. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and faded gray ripped jeans.
The girls in Monday’s incident said the suspect matched the composite sketch originally released after the Sept. 18 event. The girls said the suspect drove a a newer model four-door white Mazda 3 with no tint on the front windows but with tinted rear windows.
“We are asking anyone with information to please contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-431-2200,” police added.