Updated: LBPD Arrests Child Annoyance Suspect Oct. 31, Released from Custody Nov. 2

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Laguna Beach Police officers arrested Lancaster resident Gabriel Matthew Hernandez Stinnett, 19, for child annoyance around 9 p.m. on Oct. 31. Stinnett was contacted and arrested after trying to lure a 13-year-old boy to his van with an offer of candy. The incident occurred in the 500 block of Oak Street during Laguna Beach’s Halloween block party. 

Stinnett, who was also listed as a missing person, was transported to Orange County Jail.

On Nov. 2, Stinnett was afforded due process rights and released from custody. The child annoyance charge will be submitted to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of prosecution.  

LBPD had responded to other calls for service reporting Stinnett allegedly followed young teens from school to their homes. The LBPD Detective Bureau is actively investigating Stinnett’s actions. Anyone who has had contact with Stinnett or additional information is asked to contact Corporal Fred Yeilding at [email protected] or call (949) 464-6687.

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