Police warn of 'stranger danger' after incidents at two Valley high schools

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are investigating two "stranger danger" incidents at Valley high schools.

One victim was a German exchange student. The second was a 16-year-old student at Horizon. She shared her story with 3TV in hopes it will protect others.

"The worst part, to be honest, was the action because it was so vulgar. So gross that a man that old would come up to a random teenager; it's just disgusting," said student Kayla Berg.

Kayla was walking to Horizon High School in North Phoenix Friday morning, when a white man, in his mid-20s, driving a white SUV, drove slowly up beside her and started masturbating.

"He stared in my eyes as he was doing it," Kayla said. "That part didn't settle well. I definitely feel violated."

Kayla believes the suspect was specifically targeting her.

"He was definitely targeting me," she said. "I had a friend with me, and once he saw me freaking out to my friend, that is when he took off."

Kayla said the first thing she did was call her mom.

"She was very upset, very rattled," said mom Nicole Berg. "I was just trying to get her to calm down, find out what happened, make sure she was in a safe place."

And this wasn't the only stranger danger incident Friday morning. A girl walking to Shadow Mountain High School was groped by a white man in his mid-to-late 20s.

An alert letter was sent out to parents. This mom is reading the alert sent out to parents: "Crossed paths with a man who turned and grabbed the student's butt," Lynette Kelleher read.

Students say the victim is from Germany.

"You know this foreign exchange student, what goes through your heart for her? I hope it doesn't ruin her memories of America," said Mary Jones, a friend of the victim.

An alert also went out at Horizon after Kayla reported the incident to campus police.

"I just don't want anyone else at school to have to see what I saw," said Kayla. "He just made me feel dirty, icky. I don't want to go through it again, I really hope the police find him."

When we asked Kayla's mom how she explains this to her 16-year-old, she said she told her daughter that some people don't have normal thought processes. She also said she is worried the suspect saw the girls leaving their house and knows where they live. So they are taking extra precautions tonight.