With two reports of girls being accosted by suspicious men at school bus stops this week, police are urging parents to stay with younger children until their bus picks them up and to report anything they see that worries them.
No one was hurt in either incident, but a 13-year-old girl said two men who grabbed her had a knife, police said Wednesday.
One incident happened Monday about 6:25 a.m. near Eastway Avenue and McNeil Street, a police spokeswoman said. The other happened Wednesday morning about 6:45 a.m. near Grant Street and Linwood Avenue.
Monday, 11-year-old and 13-year-old girls said they saw someone sitting near them in a champagne-colored or brown SUV that had its lights off, and it seemed suspicious to them. They started walking away when someone in white clothing got out of the vehicle and chased them, they told police. They screamed and were able to get home safely, police said.
Wednesday, a 13-year-old told police that two men who seemed to be in their mid-20s to mid-30s walked out of woods near her bus stop and grabbed her. She got free, and the men fled when a neighbor came outdoors and yelled at them, police said.
Those two were described as being between 5 foot 11 and 6 foot 2 with muscular builds. Both wore hoodies, the girl reported. One had a chipped tooth and a tattoo on a finger.
Police urged parents to stay with kids until they are safely on their way to school and to call 911 if they see anything that seems suspicious to them.
They also asked anyone with information about either incident to call CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information that helps solve felony cases, and callers remain anonymous.