APTOS -- A handful of Beliebers descended on Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos Tuesday afternoon in search of Justin Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez, who reportedly were visiting the area on vacation.
"I'm obsessed with him," said Sanika Kshirsagar, 16, of Aptos. Kshirsagar and her friend, Retly Reyes, 17, were driving through the parking lot of the resort on Summer Avenue for several hours with the hope of meeting the teen pop idol.
Santa Cruz Deputy Chief of Police Steve Clark confirmed Bieber arrived in the area Sunday, though he didn't say whether the singer was still in Santa Cruz. Monday morning, the superstar tweeted -- twitter.com/justinbieber -- he was on break with his father.
Clark said his daughters -- Courtney, 17, and Melissa, 15 -- saw rumors online that Bieber was in Aptos Monday night and, when they went to investigate, spotted the idol with Gomez. Gomez was wearing a blonde wig and Bieber had a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, Clark said. The Clark sisters said after the two idols realized they were recognized, they ran inside the Seascape Beach Resort, with Gomez's wig falling off in the process.
Bieber explored the Pogonip area, where he was given access by Santa Cruz rangers, Clark said.
Witnesses told other local news outlets that Bieber camped Saturday night at their campground on San Andreas Road near Sand Dollar Beach. Bieber was riding on a Segway with friends, witnesses said.
A video from Bieber's Twitter feed shows the 19-year-old's father traveling on a Segway in a wooded area before falling down.
When Kshirsagar first heard about Bieber coming to the area, she asked one question: Why?
"Why would he come here? Why would he come to Aptos and Santa Cruz?" she said.
Despite the doubt, she searched anyway because, what fan wouldn't?
"I could take any girl off the street and say do you want to meet Justin Bieber and she'd say yes," she said.
Others came out of boredom and curiosity.
Haley Burrous, 17, a senior at Santa Cruz High School, was working on a senior project with friends when the group decided to come.
"We said it as a joke and said we should stop doing our project and go find Justin Bieber," Burrous said. "Then we looked at each other and left the library to go find him."
The quartet drove around the resort for 30 minutes before giving up on the search.
Early in the afternoon, some cars with Bieber fans passed through the parking lot with drivers and passengers alike keeping their eyes open for their idol.
Inside the lobby of the resort, staff members were mum about the pop idols whereabouts or if he stayed at the resort.
"He's not here now," one staff member said.
An assistant manager for the resort declined to comment.
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