Suspicious man prompts bus stop scare in Fairfax

Fairfax -- A run in with a strange man twice in less than a week has prompted an alert from police in Fairfax.

A juvenile female reported being approached by the man while waiting for a bus near Chain Bridge Road and Cedar Avenue last Thursday morning. She said he talked to her but then she got on the bus and left unharmed.

On Monday morning, the girl said she saw the same man approaching her while she was waiting for a ride and he had something in his hand.

Police said she threw a lawn chair at the man and ran into a home while he ran off in the other direction.

The City of Fairfax Police Department is asking the public to be on the lookout for the man described as white, heavyset, in his 50s or 60s with a grey beard. On Monday he was wearing all black according to the girl.

The girl was not harmed but police still sent several officers to the area along with a police helicopter to search for the man according to neighbors like the Bonnie McDaniel.

“It concerned me quite a bit because we have kids in the neighborhood and the idea that someone is going around targeting them is very troubling,” said McDaniel.

Elizabeth Blunck was off to work by the time the call for help came around 9:15 a.m. She returned home to learn about the the police warning and instantly thought of what she needed to do to protect her own daughter.

“We’re definitely going to change our approach [getting to school,]” said Blunck. “We're always telling our kids to be cautious and stuff like that and lock our doors but this is pretty scary that someone has been lingering around here this long.”

According to Blunck the area around Chain Bridge is a popular place for students of all age to walk to school or catch the bus, including George Mason University students.

If you have any information that could help police find the man that may be responsible for Monday’s threat call police at (703) 385-7924.