Transient Man Arrested for Child Annoyance

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33 year-old William Russel Hix.

Transient man arrested 

for child annoyance

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested a transient man last week after he made lewd comments and remarks to underaged children in the Calabasas and Malibu areas.

William Russell Hix, 33 years old and a former resident of Bel Air, was arrested on Aug. 7 and charged with five misdemeanor counts of annoying/molesting a child, according to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station.

On Aug. 4, a young girl notified a Calabasas Parks and Recreation employee that a middle-aged man had asked her 14-year-old brother to put a condom on the suspect, prompting a police report.

After reviewing the initial reports, sheriffs began an investigation which uncovered area teenagers had been warning the community about the man through social media. The postings included a description and picture of the man.

Shortly after, four girls, 14 to 15, had reported that the man had recently harassed them during a bus ride or at the beach and had made lewd sexual comments.

On Aug. 7, law enforcement officials received a call from a local resident that the suspect was seen in a park on Lost Hills Road in Calabasas.