Man accused of grabbing student on way to school

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. – A student walking to school Thursday morning fought off a man who grabbed her, school officials reported.

A picture was released of a man accused of grabbing a student who was walking to school on August 31, 2017. (Escondido Police Department)

 

The 15-year-old girl was walking to Orange Glen High School in the 600 block of Linwood Street when the man grabbed her, according to an alert sent by Escondido Union High School District. The student fought off the man and ran away.

"The student sought help from nearby citizens who followed the male suspect and provided a photo," EUHSD stated.

Escondido police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Edgar Gutierrez of Escondido. He was described as a heavy-set Hispanic man with bushy hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a dark t-shirt with "TH" imprinted on the front and dirty jeans.

"The safety of all students remains our top priority. We want to remind all students to please walk in groups and to be aware of your surroundings at all times," school officials stated.

Anyone with information about Gutierrez's whereabouts should contact Escondido Police Detective Teresa Ruiz at 760-839-4790.