San Mateo police announced today that they used social media to help catch a 41-year-old man suspected of trying to solicit at least one teenage girl for sex last month.
Around 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 18, a 15-year-old San Mateo girl was standing on the sidewalk in the first block of North Claremont Street when the suspect, later identified as Roberto “Guadalupe” Micalax, approached her from behind and spoke to her in Spanish, San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said.
The teen told police the man tried to solicit her for sex, Norris said. The victim refused and was able to leave the area.
Officers responded to the scene minutes later and weren’t able to locate the suspect, but they did obtain video surveillance from a nearby store and confirmed that the man in the video was the suspect in the case, according to Norris.
A still image from the video was distributed on various social media sites, where police asked for the public’s help in identifying the man.
Two additional victims, both 12-year-old San Mateo girls, saw the picture on Facebook and recognized the man as someone who had made inappropriate contact with them as well, police said.
The girls contacted police, and investigators were able to identify the suspect as Micalax.
Micalax contacted a San Mateo officer on Wednesday, knowing he was wanted for questioning in the case, according to Norris.
He was arrested and booked into San Mateo County Jail on suspicion of child annoyance, solicitation of sex in public, and assault with the intent to commit a sex crime.