Report of a suspicious man following a girl in South Euclid, police ask residents to be aware

Posted at 3:36 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 17:59:37-04

Residents in South Euclid, especially those with children, are asked to be on the lookout for a man behaving suspiciously.

South Euclid police say a mother reported a man driving a red van pulled into the parking lot of Bexley Park while her 10-year-old daughter was waiting for the bus last Thursday at the corner of Felton and Charlton roads.

It was just after 6:30 and the little girl was the only one at the bus stop.

Officers say the man got out of his van and the girl walked away. "When she made eye contact she started to walk away. There was an uneasy feeling for this girl," said South Euclid Police Chief Kevin Nietert.

The man continued to follow the girl until he noticed another person walking his dog, causing him to return to his van and leave.

One parent at the bus stop who didn't want her identity revealed said she is concerned. "I think, every parent their biggest concern is something happening to their child. So, for me to see you here and find this out it is terrifying," she said.

The man and the girl did not talk at any point.

The man is described as a tall white man with a thin build in his 40s.

Police have beefed up patrols in the neighborhood.