Child predator incidents
DALLAS –– At least one child predator is targeting girls in the area around Interstate 35 and Highway 67, prompting the Dallas Police Department to ask parents and children near there to stay alert.
Deputy Chief Gil Garza warned the public of the threat of possibly two child predators at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
In all, there have been three incidents. Two times, police say, the man got out of his vehicle. On November 5, a man exposed himself at 7:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of West Wheatland Road. He was driving a black, four-door vehicle.
Later that day at 8 a.m., two girls were approached by a suspect who "alarmed them," according to a release.
The next incident happened on December 2, when a man approached a girl in the 3700 block of Kimballdale and tried to talk to her. The girl ran and the man pursued. The suspect eventually fled in his vehicle and the girl escaped unharmed.
"One could possibly be related to the other two. We saw a pattern here and we wanted to jump on it and make sure the community knew," Garza said.
Even though police think the events may be linked, they currently have two different suspect descriptions.
- The first: A black man, between 30 and 40 years old, with short black hair and a beard.
- The second: A light skinned black man, clean shaven, between 25 and 30 years old. His car may have been a new, black four door vehicle, with a silver back bumper. Possibly an Acura.
None of the children involved were injured. Police say they’ve increased patrols in the South Central part of Dallas and Dallas Independent School District Police are also on alert.
Anyone with information related to the incidents are asked to call Det. Clark at 214.671.4301. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to call 911.