SAVANNAH, GA (March 4, 2015): Special Victims Unit, Central Precinct Patrol officers and school police are working together to investigate an attack of a 13-year-old student on her way to a school bus stop Monday morning.
Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police and Campus Police from the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) have alerted students in the area to use caution when traveling to and from school, and to report any suspicious activity they may see in the community.
The teen reported she was walking to the school bus stop at West 42nd and Burroughs streets in the 42nd Street Lane behind the 700 block of West Victory Drive about 8:28 a.m. when she was grabbed.
A slender black male attempted to drag her towards a vacant house before she escaped. He was described as about 6-foot tall, wearing blue jeans, a black T-shirt and a cloth around his face.
Police are investigating similarities between this attack and two others near West 44th and Florence streets in September, 2014. On Sept. 8, a 16-year-old reported she was grabbed in a lane at about 8:29 a.m. On Sept. 29, a 14-year-old girl reported a similar attack at 7:30 a.m.
Both Metro and SCCPSS Campus Police have increased patrols in the area and are asking the public to help provide information.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124 and most area clergy have agreed to serve as liaisons for anyone who would like to share information with police anonymously.