A video from Long Beach’s Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant location is being spread by the Long Beach Police Department because they believe it shows an alleged child molester. The unidentified man is shown exiting the building after he allegedly sexually assaulted a minor in the restaurant’s bathroom. California police are hoping social media may help spread the photo and video of the alleged perpetrator so he can be brought to justice.
Reports indicate that LBPD police officer were dispatched Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. to a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in the area of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Second Street at the Marina Pacific Mall. The investigation by the police concluded that 15 minutes prior, the man allegedly touched the child in the men’s restroom before fleeing.
LBPD police officers searched for the person of interest following the incident, but the alleged pedophile remains at large. Law enforcement agencies in the area have been alerted and the investigation is currently reviewing records of the more than 700 registered sex offenders who live in the area near the Long Beach Buffalo Wild Wings.
Detectives released the Buffalo Wild Wings video in hopes that he may be caught based upon a tip provided by the public. Unfortunately, the security footage is fairly blurry, so it is difficult to see any major facial features. Based upon the Long Beach Police Department Facebook page, the “suspect is described as follows as Hispanic or White, 20-30 yrs old, thin build, dark hair, and mustache. He was last seen wearing red hoodie sweatshirt, dark pants, and a baseball cap.”
According to law firm Wallin & Klarich, “annoying or molesting a child is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in county jail and a maximum $5,000 fine.” If someone is convicted of annoying or molesting a child and has a prior felony conviction for a sex-offense involving a minor, the crime is a felony punishable by two, four or six years in state prison. Those who are convicted of annoying or molesting a child under California Penal Code section 647.6 can be required by the court to register as a sex offender.
Anyone who recognizes the alleged pedophile is urged to contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective P. Jennings at (562) 570-7354 or email LBPDSexCrimes@longbeach.gov with information about the alleged child molester. Anyone knowing the immediate whereabouts of the suspect should call 911 immediately. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.
[Image via Long Beach Police Department]