Police are investigating after two teens separately reported being accosted by a man while on their way to school Wednesday morning near Apricot Street in Worcester.
Police said the first incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. when a man ran up behind a 15-year-old South High School student and grabbed her. When she resisted him, he fled the area, according to police.
A 14-year-old eighth grader was then approached by a man around 8:15 a.m. The girl told police the man stopped her and said, “You’re coming with me.”
She said the man grabbed her arms when she refused and she then punched him “several times” before he ran away.
Police say they believe the same man is responsible for both incidents:
The suspect is described as a White male, possibly in his 50’s, white mustache, skinny, short and light complexion.
Worcester police have assigned extra patrols in school areas during arrival and dismissals, and the schools have issued an alert to parents.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the department’s detective bureau at 508-799-8651.