Recently, several female hikers have reported being stalked by an unidentified male while traversing a popular San Bernardino County hiking trail. A woman who was hiking Blue Mountain Trail on Saturday, September 12th, reported that she was stalked by a man in his 40s with a dark complexion and medium build. The man was driving a white van and allegedly left hearts drawn in saliva on the windows of his victims’ automobiles. One woman reported another bodily fluid had been left on her car.
Law enforcement officials are currently looking for the suspect, and are advising anyone who hikes on the trails in the area to make sure that they follow proper safety precautions when doing so. For those who are unaware, anyone who plans to go on a hike should not do so alone, regardless of their experience level. Additionally, individuals should inform someone when they plan to go on the hike and when they plan to return, and to call the police if they don’t return by the appointed time. Everyone who goes out hiking should make sure to not only bring plenty of water (it’s hot out here, guys) but to also carry a flashlight and a whistle.
If caught and convicted, the suspect faces some stiff penalties, including: informal probation, up to 1-year in county jail, and a maximum fine of $1,000 if the conviction is a misdemeanor. For felony convictions, the possible penalties include up to 5-years in California state prison, felony probation, a maximum fine of $1,000 and the obligation to register as a sex offender.