Police: Suspect stalked teenager one block from Metro East school

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by Lauren Trager / KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 4 at 10:55 PM

(KMOV) -- Police say a dangerous man stalked a teenager and tried to coax her into a car, just one block away from a school.

“It’s real scary, it’s real scary,” said TC Atkins.

About 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Atkins’ 17-year-old daughter was walking from her home back to her high school in Brooklyn for an activity. 

That’s when police say a man in what looked like a cab car rolled up beside her.

“She just ignored him and kept going,” Atkins said.

But after circling the block, the man came back.  “Kind of stalked her for a couple blocks and asked her again, trying to lure her in the cab,” said Detective Steve Mitchell with Brooklyn Police.

Only when other kids approached did the man finally leave her alone

“We think his intentions were to abduct her, get her in the cab and from there, we wouldn’t know what would have happened,” Detective Mitchell said.

Detective Mitchell said it’s a huge concern because it’s in the middle of the day and so near to homes and schools.

“What are you doing to make sure the streets are safe and this guy is caught? We are bringing in more patrols so we are noticed out here more.”

Atkins said he’s just grateful. “I just thank god that she knew what to do at the time. And I think god I wasn’t here to tell you the truth,” he said.

But he does want justice.  “I believe he will get caught, I just want him to face up to the law,” Atkins said. 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call St. Clair County Dispatch for Brooklyn investigators at 618-277-3505.

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