Residents in the Sonoma Ranch subdivision are on high alert after multiple residents reported seeing a man photographing neighborhood children.
The Sonoma Ranch Homeowners Association posted an alert in the area asking residents to be on the lookout for a silver/gray Toyota Prius or BMW hatchback.
Residents described the driver as a “balding man with grey hair around the side.”
For resident Mike DeFilippo, the warning hit close to home.
“About a month ago my daughter, she’s 23, was walking a white Labrador around the corner and a white conversion van, with a blue stripe, with three men in it, pulled next to her and tried to get her to come into the van,” DeFilippo said. “It’s scary.”
The first incident happened on Jan. 9. Two boys were playing in their front yard when they say a man came by and took pictures of one of them with his phone.
The children’s father ran outside but the man got away.
Two similar incidents occurred the following week, one involving a young girl who was playing in her front yard in the Enclave neighborhood, and another involving kids at a bus stop in the area of the Hills.
John McVea said any false sense of security that may exist in the gated neighborhood is gone.
“My parents got a call, and they called someone, it kept going around like a chain,” McVea said. “I even have a little brother that takes the bus and now my parents are so scared that one of them has to stay home.”
HOA officials said they have contacted the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information is asked to contact local authorities.