Phoenix

Male suspect attempts to grab middle-schooler, Phoenix police say

The pupil was strolling from Altadeña Middle School to a close-by YMCA when the incident occurred.

PHOENIX — A pupil at Kyrene School District reported a scary encounter after she left her center college Wednesday.

Phoenix police say the incident occurred round 1:30 p.m. when the scholar was strolling from the Altadeña campus to a close-by YMCA.

In a letter to dad and mom, the district stated the scholar seen a male suspect was following her after which grabbed her shoulder “in an attempt to stop her from walking.”

The pupil was ready to get away and entered a close-by financial institution to get assist, the letter stated.

Police stated the kid didn’t see the place the suspect went after the encounter.

On Thursday, the scholar advised the varsity counselor concerning the incident who then known as the police, authorities stated.

“Scary that it would be in our neighborhood,” stated Gabrielle Wycoff, a guardian who lives close by. “You just don’t know, you really don’t know what’s going on around you and you got to educate your kids to be aware, watch out no matter what.”

The district is utilizing this incident as a reminder to deal with security earlier than and after college, urging dad and mom to speak to their youngsters about by no means strolling alone, staying on the sidewalk, and by no means telling a stranger their title.

“We share this information not to cause alarm, but to make sure our community is informed and vigilant,” the district’s letter stated.

The suspect has been described as a person in his 40’s, between 5’10” and 6’00” tall, weighing about 170 to 180 kilos, and seen carrying a pink shirt and grey shorts. He was additionally described as having a brown beard. 

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