Siblings report man approached them in Chandler; police step up patrols

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on September 1, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 9:22 AM

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler police are stepping up neighborhood patrols after a teen fought off an attacker and two siblings reported being approached by a man in separate incidents this week.

In Wednesday's incident, a 14-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister were walking to a church event near Dobson Road and Galveston Street at approximately 9:20 p.m. when a car approached with its headlights off.

A tall, thin Hispanic male in his 20s wearing a blue shirt and tan pants exited the front passenger door and approached the children, according to Chandler police Detective Seth Tyler. The siblings ran away from the vehicle, which is described as a tan four-door sedan with tinted windows and faded paint.

The driver of the vehicle was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a mustache.

A 13-year-old girl reported being approached by a man as she walked to school near Hartford and Shannon streets at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday.

She told police that she saw a brown sedan with tinted windows parked in an alley. A man exited the vehicle and grabbed her by the hair in an attempt to force her into his vehicle. The teen fought off her attacker and ran home.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned Hispanic or white male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 160 pounds with a light mustache or goatee. He was wearing a black short sleeved T-shirt, black pants and black work-style boots.

Tyler said it is not clear if the teen's attacker is the same man that approached the siblings.

Chandler police are stepping up neighborhood patrols in these and other areas. They are also working with the Chandler Unified School District to notify students and their parents about these incidents and educate children about the existence and dangers of child predators.

Police advise parents to educate their children about the need to always be aware of their surroundings. If approached by a stranger, teach your child to run away, and to do it loudly. Teach your child to never speak with a stranger or approach a strange vehicle.

"In the first incident, the female was able to fight off her attacker," Tyler said. "In the second incident, the female had a gut feeling the situation was dangerous and ran away with her brother."

Anyone with any information regarding these incidents is asked to contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130. 
 

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