Third Sahuaro HS student comes forward in stranger danger case
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A third teenage girl has reported to police that a man inappropriately touched her while walking to school. Two girls first reported the incidents Wednesday.
Sgt. Chris Widmer with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 that three 14-year-old girls separately claimed a man approached and touched them while they were walking to school at Sahuaro High School.
"It's a little edgy now," says Sara Fousse, a senior at Sahuaro who walks home from school. "I'm definitely going to make sure I have somebody with me."
All the incidents reportedly happened on Tucson's east side, near the intersection of Broadway Boulevard and Camino Seco. They happened in the morning before school Wednesday.
Police are still searching for the suspect and have not released his description.
School administration sent a letter home to parents that contained a suspect description as follows: a 40-year-old white male, with a stocky build and curly brown hair. He was last seen wearing jeans, a red shirt with a brown jacket. The suspect also had missing teeth and a 'messed-up eye'.
However, police are not confirming the suspect description released by the school. Widmer says detectives are following several good leads and do not want to hinder the investigation by releasing a description.
"It's not that we want to keep the public in the dark," says Widmer. "It's just we want to complete this thing thoroughly and quickly."
Leanne Bourgois, a parent at Sahuaro High School said she applauds the school's quick action in sending home a letter, but she is nervous knowing that the suspect is still out there.
"We shouldn't have to worry about sending our children to school being a victim of some kind of assault," she says.
Until the suspect is caught, Widmer advises parents and students who walk to school to take precautions.
"We know there's somebody out there, we know he's targeting juvenile females," says female. "So if you have a juvenile female as a kid and they're going to be walking to school, you may want to stop that here for a bit. Maybe give them a ride or make sure they're with somebody. Don't leave them alone to walk to school."
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.