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sheriff badge star logoBy Allison Jarrell

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit investigators were seeking assistance in locating a child annoyance suspect Wednesday afternoon after the man reportedly approached two male juveniles on Camino Capistrano near the intersection of Via Cannon.

It was discovered later in the day that no crime had actually occurred, with the victims recanting their story.

The suspect, driving a white truck, was said to have approached 12-year-old and 9-year-old brothers as they rode their scooters down the street from their house to a nearby swim school, according to a release from Lt. Jeff Hallock.

Both juveniles became frightened and continued riding their scooters to the swim school as the suspect followed them a short distance in the white truck. Once at the swim school, the suspect did not stop and drove away in an unknown direction. The victims did not notify anyone at the swim school of the incident, but then notified their mother when they returned home.

The suspect was described as a “surfer looking” male, white, late-20s to mid-30s with a goatee and other facial hair. The Toyota truck had a ladder in the back and two motorcycles in the bed.

Lt. Hallock sent an email around 4 p.m. Wednesday asking those who received the earlier release to disregard the information and the suspect sketch. Hallock wrote that the “victim(s) recanted their account of the incident” and “no crime occurred.”

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