A man who offered money to two little girls to accompany him away from their homes was chased down and severely beaten by enraged parents, police said this week.

Martin Gamez, 26, of Tijuana, Mexico, is accused of offering two girls, one of them 6 years old, money to accompany him away from the apartment complex where they live, Sgt. Doug Tantee said."The girls ran and told their parents, just as they should," Tantee said.

A short time later, angry parents at the large apartment complex chased down and caught Gamez and beat him, the sergeant said.

Paramedics took Gamez to the jail ward at County-USC Medical Center, where doctors treated him for a broken jaw, blackened eyes and numerous cuts.

Gamez was booked on suspicion of child annoying.

Due to a reluctance on the part of witnesses to describe Gamez's attackers, they have eluded arrest, Tantee said.