Poss. child predator with WA plates in Santa Barbara CA

Discussion in 'Lindsey Baum' started by Kimster, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    Many thanks to SALEM for this find, and reporting it to authorities in both states! :clap:

    This is where Salem first discovers the crime in Santa Barbara: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86822&page=8

    Media information below:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32072451

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    On Monday, 11-year-old Courtnee claims she was walking home from a friend's house when she was approached by a strange man driving a white van.

    "The guy was just sitting there and I was about to turn the corner and he yelled, 'Hey, you want to come help me look for my puppy?'" Courtnee recalled.

    Sensing something wasn't right, Courtnee took off.

    "She just darted back to the neighbor's house and called me," said Courtnee's mother, Melody Creath.

    Melody says that's when she called police and then headed out into the neighborhood to warn others. It didn't take long for the word to get around the neighborhood.

    "They were in a van with Washington plates and no side windows," said 12-year-old Cameron Carter.
     
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  3. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    Bringing my post over from the other thread:

    Sorry to quote myself, but wanted to update. I also called Santa Barbara Sheriff's. In the article, it says LE made contact with this guy. I let Santa Barbara know about Lindsey and told them that if this guy really had WA license plates that they should not let the guy out of their site until they have talked to McCleary LE. I let them know I had contacted McCleary LE and that McCleary LE said they would contact Santa Barbara.

    My adrenilene is pumping here. The SB officer was pretty noncommital, but did say they would keep an eye on the guy.

    Salem


    EVERYBODY - please pray, meditate or whatever that both LE agencies follow up on this and check it out. The similarities are just scary.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    Before I scan the SO thread, does anyone remember off the top of their head if this description matches anyone previously sleuthed?
     
  5. concentric

    concentric New Member

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    Salem, I'm feeling you may have just cracked this case.

    How the heck are they going to "keep an eye" on him?
     
  6. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    Thought these pictures might be helpful. Do any look like a van or cargo van?

    Salem

    PS - THANK YOU jvk!
     
  7. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    Oh I just don't know concentric. The officer I spoke with said they were watching him and that he would make sure the duty cops got the information.

    My greatest fear at the moment is that the agencies will get busy and not follow up.

    I think I am going to put a reminder on my calendar for tomorrow to call them both back to make sure they got in touch with each other. Is that too rude?

    Salem
     
  8. JenniferO

    JenniferO Fear has a large shadow, but she herself is small.

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    This is a van similar to the one the child in the Santa Barbara case described
    He was last seen driving a white cargo or minivan with Washington plates and no side windows, only a rear window with a curtain.

    Cargo van
    [​IMG]

    I can't find a mini van without the side windows but I'm sure I've seen them before (usually a commercial vehicle)
     
  9. concentric

    concentric New Member

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    "But as of right now, they are not sure any crime has been committed."

    Look for a puppy? This guy did everything but stamp a blazing neon:

    "Look, I'm a Child Molester"

    on his forehead.
     
  10. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    Salem, calling them back is your call. If you are feeling hinky, then I might strongly consider it!
     
  11. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    I'm sure California has a statute for "luring a child"!!! And a VAN with no SIDE WINDOWS and CURTAINS IN THE BACK? ITA with you, Concentric!
     
  12. JenniferO

    JenniferO Fear has a large shadow, but she herself is small.

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    Pulling my comment from the other thread to post here.

     
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    Kimster Former Member

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    Jennifer, what if they can prove the man doesn't have a puppy?
     
  14. jvk

    jvk Weekend 47 03.337 -123 15.912 Warrior

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    concentric New Member

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    Kimster is right. That is a blatant luring.
     
  16. JenniferO

    JenniferO Fear has a large shadow, but she herself is small.

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    In a case like this.. can they prove that he asked her to help him find a puppy? Or that he even approached her?

    It sucks but it's a he said/she said thing. She said he did it, he says he didn't. Obviously the police have been in contact with him.. they didn't arrest him so regardless of what he supposedly said it seems he didn't break any laws. Hopefully they will continue to watch him to see if he tries it again but I doubt it.. the police agencies are overworked already chasing known criminals. They can't watch everyone.
     
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    concentric New Member

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    I am so glad that this child escaped what could have been a rape and/or death!
     
  18. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    There are statutes for "annoying" a child. Scaring a child is annoyance. Enough to pick the dude up on, maybe not enough to hold him.

    Salem
     
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    Kimster Former Member

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    jvk - I emailed one of the articles you posted to the Grey's Harbor Sheriff's. I also explained how important it was for them to contact Santa Barbara right away. BEFORE this guy decides to move on to friendlier places, so to speak. I sent them the phone number, bolded, underlined and in large font size and requested a "read receipt."

    This could turn out to be nothing, BUT I sure want them to check it out before the dude gets away.

    Salem
     

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