San Mateo girl, 14, refuses to enter stranger’s vehicle

The quick thinking of a 14-year-old San Mateo girl averted a possible crisis when she ran from a man who attempted to lure her into his vehicle Wednesday morning, police said.

On Wednesday, the teenager told police she was walking in the 500 block of North Humboldt Street when an older, black four-door BMW stopped in the middle of the street.

San Mateo police Capt. Kevin Raffaelli said the driver of the car — a black man in his 30s, clean shaven with a “plump” face and short corn rows — said to the girl, “Why don’t you get in the car?”

The girl said “no,” according to police, and ran to school to report the incident as the man drove away from the scene slowly.

The incident is the second reported this month involving a black man in his 30s trying to tempt a young girl into his vehicle along Humboldt Street.

Raffaelli said police do not believe the incidents are the work of the same suspect.

On Nov. 7, a black man — described as being in his 30s, bald and cleanshaven, in a black shirt but driving a cream-colored Toyota — reportedly motioned for a 10-year-old girl to get in his truck after she left a bus stop located on Humboldt Street. Officers are investigating both incidents.

“We have checked some leads [on the Nov. 7 attempt], but the victim hasn’t been able to identify any of the men,” Raffaelli said. San Mateo police are asking anyone with information to call the Investigations Services unit at (650) 522-7650 or the secret witness line at (650) 522-7676.

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