The women who helped two victims of a suspected child predator said the girls were frightened and crying when they ran into their office at the Head Start Child Development Service building on Linda Vista Road in San Marcos.
Minutes earlier, the girls were sitting on a bench at a nearby park, when the suspect parked directly in front of them. They say there was money spread out on the dashboard and he was also holding money, apparently trying to lure them toward his vehicle.
“They were very frightened. Some man was trying to offer them money and call them over to the car,” said Josephine Dominguez.
The incident occurred Friday afternoon.
Dominguez says she called Sheriff’s deputies to report the incident. The two girls, aged 13 and 16, were frightened but able to get the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle.
“Just looking at their faces, it was unbelievable that something like that can happen in our community,” said Marbella Sanchez, who was also in the office when the girls came running in.
“They were very frightened. They were scared. They were crying. They’re very young and they were frightened for their safety,” said Dominguez.
Kyle Jaymes Hackney, 31, of San Diego was taken into custody Friday at approximately 6 p.m. after deputies say he tried to get girls into his vehicle near the Head Start Facility on Linda Vista Drive.
Hackney was driving a gray Nissan Pathfinder, deputies said.
Three days earlier, a man in a white Chevrolet Tahoe was parked outside the San Marcos Senior Center on Richmar Avenue.
The man was flashing money and promising children they could make easy money and he was looking for a "good time", deputies said.
Deputies say they believe Hackney was the man in the Chevy Tahoe. In that case, a potential victim shot video of the Hackney in the white Chevrolet Tahoe.
Hackney is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail on suspicion of five crimes including selling or transporting a controlled substance, pandering to minors and carrying a concealed weapon with a prior felony conviction.
Anyone who may have witnessed either event or has additional information can contact Detective Daniel Wilson at (760) 510-5241.
Head Start is a program that promotes school readiness for children up to 5 years old, though officials did not give the ages of the children who were allegedly solicited.