Man lures Madera teen by posing as a girl online

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Madera County Sheriff’s Office releasing more information about the suspect accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Madera. 

According to investigators, the alleged crime happened earlier this month, the suspect posed as a female on social media, when her began targeting the victim. 

Police said the young girl was meeting up with a friend that she met online at Stadium and Olive in the city of Madera, the victim thinking she was going to earn some cash selling fruit at a corner fruit stand. 

When she approached the van, she found out it was not the female she had been chatting with online, instead it was a large Hispanic man in his 20’s with a shaved head. 

The suspect luring the teenage girl into the vehicle. 

“Most of the time, when predators do something like this. They portray themselves as male or female of the approximate age of the person they’re trying to take advantage to gain their trust an than there’s usually a surprise in the face to face meeting,” Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney said. 

Varney said the suspect drove the victim into a rural area and told the victim that he had a gun and forced her to undress, after threatening to kill her and her family.  The suspect then raped the juvenile at three different locations in the area.  The victim told investigators she didn’t see a gun but did see a machete in the van. 

The victim taken back to the city limits, a day after she reported the assault to a school counselor. 

“We were hopeful that we were going to able to know this person out based on the electronic trail he had left but at this point that process is going slower than we had hope,” Varney said. 

Detectives were able to capture an image of the van through a Madera South High School security camera. The Sheriff released the image of the van hoping someone in the public will recognize it. 

He’s now sending out an alert to parents to check who their kids are chatting with online. 

“You got to get with your kids to see what they’re posting. Whether its checking it random online or making sure you have your passwords or things,” Varney said. 

The male subject was described as a large, dark complected, Hispanic male in his 20’s, with a shaved head and no facial hair. The male subject was wearing khaki pants, black boots and a red shirt with small blue lettering over the right chest area.

If you have any information regarding this incident, or the possible whereabouts of the vehicle or suspect described above, please contact the Madera County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at (559) 675-7770.

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