According to a release issued by Tehachapi Police Chief Jeff Kermode, officials have identified the man who allegedly asked a 16-year-old girl to come home with him for a beer on Monday, though they have not given his name.
About 2 p.m. Monday, the student was walking home from Tehachapi High School. As she walked westbound on the north sidewalk of Valley Boulevard, east of Mill Street, she encountered an adult male walking in the opposite direction. As he passed her, the male asked her if she wanted to “join him for a beer.” The student ignored his request and continued walking home, where she called police to report the incident. The man was last seen walking eastbound toward Curry Street.
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, at about 2:20 p.m., the Tehachapi Police Department School Resource Officer saw a man walking in the same area who matched the description of the subject. The officer identified the 51-year-old man, who resides in the area, confirmed that he had no sex crime-related criminal history, and then released him to continue his investigation.
On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the officer conducted a follow-up interview with the 16-year-old student and confirmed that she believed that the man identified on Tuesday was the suspect in question.
Since the alleged crime is a misdemeanor, the department will be submitting the case to the Kern County District Attorney for a possible arrest warrant for child annoyance.
The man's description is as follows: Hispanic male, 50, 5’-08”, 180-200 pounds, dark complexion, longer black hair with gray, no facial hair, dirty appearance, dark colored shirt, blue jeans, carrying a black bag.
TPD encourages anyone with further information to contact Officer Mike Palmateer at 822-2162.