YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - The search is on for a man on a bike who approached three girls who were walking to the school bus stop in Ypsilanti Township's West Willow neighborhood.
A 17-year-old girl says she was on her way to her friend's house so they could walk to the bus stop together, but before she got there a man on a bike approached her.
"He came up behind me and put his hand on mouth. He told me, don't move," she says.
The teen says she bit his finger, started screaming and then ran home and told her dad what happened.
Her dad, Mario Love, tried to catch the suspect but he got away. Love then called 9-1-1.
According to investigators, about a half an hour later, the suspect grabbed the arm of a 10-year-old girl and said "come with me." Police say the girl screamed and a parent who was nearby came outside. The suspect got away again on his bike.
When sheriff's deputies were on the scene, they learned of an 11-year-old girl who said the same suspect approached her this morning and tried to grab her chest. She got away and so did he.
"We clearly have a predator on our hands who is targeting young women," says Derrick Jackson, a spokesperson for the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, but police are reminding parents and children to be vigilant and be on the look-out for this suspect. School districts in the area have made calls and sent stranger danger emails to parents as a warning.
The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 25-years-old, with blotchy patches of hair.
He was riding a dark-colored bike. He has a bite mark on his left hand.
If you have any information on the suspect, please call the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.
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