Police in Worcester are reportedly looking for a man who several young girls say accosted them in separate incidents this week.
The first girl, a 15-year-old student at South High School, said the man grabbed her from behind while she was walking on Apricot Street around 7:30 a.m. She resisted him and he ran off, Worcester police wrote in a Facebook post.
The second girl, a 14-year-old student at Sullivan Middle School, claimed the man approached her at 8:15 a.m. on Apricot Street and said to her, “You’re coming with me.” The young girl was able to punch him several times before he fled, police said.
The third girl, another student at South High School, told police that she was also approached by the same man, WHDH reported.
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All three girls reportedly encountered the man while taking a shortcut to their schools through a wooded area off of Apricot street, MassLive reported. Police are now advising students to avoid this route.
Investigators believe the same person was involved, and described him as a short white man in his 50s with a thin build and a white mustache.
Parents of students at both schools were alerted to the incidents and additional patrols were assigned to the schools, police said.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents can send an anonymous text to 274637 (TIPWPD) with your message, or call the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at 508-799-8651.