Police: Registered sex offender targets 2 minors in Pleasanton

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PLEASANTON (KRON) — Registered sex offender Muneer Hassan was arrested at his Dublin home on Friday, according to the Pleasanton Police Department.

The day before his arrest, police say Hassan approached two 12-year-old girls at Creekside Park around 5:30 p.m.

The 44-year-old had a conversation with the girls and convinced one to leave the park with him.

Hassan took the girl to get food, then to a store where he bought her candy.

The two then went to a canal on Santa Rita Road where he got the minor’s phone number.

The girl went home and informed her parents of what had happened.

Her parents reported the incident to police.

“In Pleasanton we have a very low crime rate,” Lt. Brandon Stocking said. “We take something like this very seriously. We had a number of investigators and officers assigned to this.”

Frequent CreekSide Park goers and parents were startled to hear what happened..

“It’s actually unexpected cause we chose Pleasonton for it’s family friendly and safe parks and surroundings,” Seyma Capoglu said.

And they plan to do what they can to keep their kids safe.

“Don’t ever talk to strangers, don’t accept food, gifts rides from strangers,” Stocking said.

According to Megan’s Law, Hassan was convicted more than 10 years ago for a couple of charges including rape by force. 

He was arrested for one felony count of annoying and molesting a minor, one felony count of failing to register as a sex offender and then outstanding narcotics warrant.

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