Los Alamitos- A teenage minivan passenger who looked like pop star Justin Bieber sparked concern in Rossmoor recently after he allegedly gestured for two schoolgirls to approach the vehicle, which was driven by a man in his 50s, authorities said. The incident, which is not considered a crime by Orange County sheriff’s investigators, was alarming enough for the Los Alamitos Unified School District to issue a call for parents and students to remain alert for suspicious strangers. According to Lt. Rob Gunzel, two elementary school girls were playing on the playground at Lee Elementary on March 24 when a man in his 50s with gray hair drove by in a silver minivan. Without stopping, the boy in the van’s passenger seat — who the girls described as 14 and looking like pop star Justin Bieber — waved the girls to come over. “Basically, they said that the boy motioned to them,” Gunzel said. “As they drove by, the girls went and hid in the bushes.” After the incident, a parent stopped a deputy on Sunday afternoon and told him what happened. The deputy spent about 50 minutes looking for the minivan. Gunzel said while there’s no ongoing investigation, deputies patrolling Rossmoor are on alert in case they see a silver minivan driven by a man with gray hair. Gunzel added that it didn’t appear a crime had occurred because the man never got out of the vehicle and never approached the children, and the vehicle never stopped.
He might be swaggy, skinny jacked and have the voice of a castrated angel but I’ve never really been sold on Bieber, which I mostly attribute to me not being 14 or having a vagina. But this story might have just converted me. It’s no secret that these are tough times for child predators around the country. Chris Hansen burst the bubble on the whole chatroom market, and gone are the days of groups of unsupervised eight year olds playing outside at all hours of the day, replaced by kids on leashes with a microchip implanted in their forearm who don’t bother going outside in the first place because launching a bird from a slingshot is a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to catch it yourself. Even worse, if they do accidentally wander out of their house, a steady diet of America means that the market for potential missing white girls just isn’t what it used to be. So when I hear about someone riding around with your look alike to lure girls to their Astrovan, I can’t help but acknowledge that you’re doing something right. Puppies, candy, Beiber. That’s an impressive group to be a part of.