El Paso S.O. investigates suspicious activity near high school

2 teen girls approached near Widefield H.S.

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says it doesn't have enough evidence to arrest a man who approached two 17-year-old girls near Widefield High School Wednesday.

The sheriff's office said the teens were approached by a man as they were walking near the school at 1:55 p.m.  He complimented their appearance and offered to buy them lunch.

"At no time did the male try to lure them into the vehicle, speak of sex or expose himself before driving away," said the sheriff's office.

Video surveillance from the school captured images of the truck and was reviewed by the deputy who serves as the School Resource Officer at Widefield High School. 

The truck returned to the area about a half-hour later and was stopped by deputies.  The driver was identified as 38-year-old Ernesto Martinez-Lopez.  Deputies found Lopez was driving under revocation and had an unrelated misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.  He was taken into custody for those offenses and booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

"Although Lopez’s interaction with the females does not fit the statutory definition of enticement of a child, his actions were suspicious in nature and his motive in speaking with them is unknown,"  the sheriff's office stated in a release.  "Parents are asked to continually remind their children about the possibility of enticement situations and how to keep themselves safe."

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