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San Mateo Police Arrest Man Suspected of Soliciting Girls at High School

San Mateo Police said Friday they arrested a San Francisco man on suspicion of harassing teenage girls at the San Mateo High School earlier this week and last week.

Officers arrested Gary Fong, 36, at 9:30 a.m. after police surveillance teams saw him driving alone in the area of the San Mateo High School in a white four-door sedan.

The car and the man matched descriptions provided earlier by two teenage students at the school who said the man tried to speak with them and get them into his car, police said.

Officers received two reports this week of a suspicious person outside San Mateo High School at 8 a.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. on Nov. 6.

In both cases, a man inside a car called out to female students and tried to ask them questions, police said. In one of the cases, the man urged the student to get inside his car.

Police responded to a third report of a suspicious man who solicited a 19-year-old female student at the San Mateo Adult School on Thursday, but said that incident was likely not related to the previous reports.

Police said an investigation into the third report would continue and are planning to release a forensic sketch of the suspect in the coming days.

"The successful conclusion of this investigation is indicative of the strong collaborative efforts of the San Mateo Police Department, the San Mateo Union High School District, and the San Mateo-Foster City School District," police said in a statement. "(San Mateo police) would also like to thank the quick response by local media outlets to publicize this case in a timely manner to educate the public and help us ensure the safety of our schools."

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