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Manhattan Beach man arrested after stalking several Mira Costa female students

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Jonathan Peter Shereston, 28, of Manhattan Beach

Jonathan Peter Shereston, 28, of Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach police on Tuesday released the identity of a man arrested Tuesday on charges of stalking two female Mira Costa students in an attempt to find additional victims or witnesses.

Jonathan Peter Shereston, 28, of Manhattan Beach has been previously arrested on charges of Child Annoyance and Stalking, according to police. He was booked into MBPD’s jail and was released on citation to South Bay Court. He is expected to appear in court on March 10.

According to police, a 16-year-old female Mira Costa student was walking home after school near Redondo Avenue and 19th Street when she noticed an old yellow Mercedes sedan following her. The driver pulled over in the 1400 block of 19th Street and continued to watch as she walked. Fearing for her safety, the student crossed the street and hid at her neighbor’s house, where police were called. When officers responded to the area, they were unable to find the car or driver in question.

The suspect's 1983 Beige Mercedes Benz 300

The suspect’s 1983 Beige Mercedes Benz 300

Nearly an hour later, at 4:30 p.m., MBPD received another call with similar circumstances in the 100 block of South Rowell Avenue. A 14-year-old student was walking home from Mira Costa when she noticed a man following her in a car matching the earlier description. The student was frightened and hid in the backyard of a nearby resident until the driver left the area, according to police.

An MBPD officer monitoring traffic on Manhattan Beach Boulevard saw a man in a vehicle matching the descriptions provided by the victims. Police stopped the car in the 1900 block of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and subsequently arrested Shereston.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is advised to call MBPD Det. Traci Navarrette at 310-802-5125.

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