ARLINGTON –– Arlington police have received four recent reports of a man inappropriately touching girls between the ages of 12 and 16.
Department spokeswoman Tiara Richard said investigators have not formally connected the cases, but police are still urging residents to be vigilant and aware.
The incidents took place on Nov. 15 in the 800 block of E. Timberlake Dr.; Dec. 10 in the 2200 block of E. Park Row Dr.; Jan. 2 in the 1800 block of E. Tucker Blvd.; and Jan. 16 in the 2300 block of Huntington Dr.
The four girls –– 12-years-old, 14-years-old, and two 16-year-olds, respectively –– were approached from behind by the suspect as they walked home in the afternoon or early evening. Richard said the suspect touched them over their clothes and the girls each fought him away. He always fled on foot.
“At this point of the investigation, the only thing connected with relation to these four incidents or suspects is that they have occurred in close geographic proximity of each other,” Richard said.
That proximity is on the east side of Arlington, north of Pioneer Parkway near New York Avenue and east of State Highway 360. Richard said the suspect descriptions have each varied, “aside from the man being depicted as a Hispanic male who either spoke Spanish or had a heavy accent.”
Arlington police have spoken with the victims and any potential witnesses. They’ve boosted patrols in the affected areas.
The department added the below safety tips:
- Teens are encouraged to always walk in groups of two or more, especially after dark.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t allow cell phones or other technology to become a distraction.
- If you are grabbed by a stranger, scream, fight, and do anything possible to get away and draw attention to yourself.