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ESCONDIDO (CBS 8) - A man luring young girls to his car and then exposing himself in Escondido is under investigation.

Escondido police say five girls on four different occasions reported a man luring them to his car by asking for directions in Spanish and then exposing himself while they were walking to Mission Middle School on Monday.

"When they got close to the vehicle that's when he pulled down his pants and exposed himself to the girls," said Lt. Al Owens, Escondido Police Department. "This person does not belong on the street, he needs to be caught."

Lieutenant Owens was one of the responding officers who says a half hour before school, between 7:20 a.m. and 7:45 a.m., a man driving a late 1990's black sedan targeted five girls, most who were walking alone in the 700 block of East Mission Avenue near Fig Street.

"Very bold, especially since you are near a school zone," said Owens.

Police and the school superintended say the teenagers were brave and did the right thing by running away and alerting an adult on campus.

School officials contacted police who saturated the area but could not find the suspect. They patrolled the area after school as well but couldn't find the accused predator.

The principal sent a notice home with students to share with parents to be on alert.

"We want all our students be vigilant and the community members that this perpetrator is out there," said Luis Ibarra, Ed.D., Superintendent for Escondido Union School District.

CBS News 8 spoke to a student's mother who picking her up after school from soccer practice. She says her daughter usually walks to and from home alone and is encouraging her to be safe.

"I told her if someone talks to you just to keep walking and if he still follows you just yell," said Maria Gomez.

With her mother's permission CBS News 8 spoke to her 14-year-old daughter who has a plan.

"I could walk with a group of friends and make sure no one talks to me and if they talk to me just to keep walking," said Brittney Cuevas.

Police will increase patrols before and after school and throughout the night searching for the man. The victims were not touched or injured by the suspect.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with short black hair, in his 30's to 40's. He was driving a 1990's four-door, black sedan with a roof rack. The first number on the license plate is "4."

If you have any information call police at (760) 839-4722.

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