ARLINGTON, VA -- Police in Arlington County are letting the public know about two cases in which students appeared to have been followed by a man in a car. They add at this time, no crime has occurred, but they'd like to identify the person or people involved and speak with them.
Both incidents happened near Washington-Lee High School.
The first incident happened around 6:02 p.m. on January 31. An 11-year-old girl was walking near 15th St. N. and N. Stafford St. noticed a red minivan appeared to be trailing her. As the girl walked faster, the minivan sped up to match her pace. The girl then ran to a friend's house, while the driver left the area.
The second incident happened around 6:00 p.m. on February 2. Two middle-school aged boys were walking near 13th St. N. and N. Nelson St and noticed a newer black sedan that appeared to be following them. They continued walking, but the car made a sharp turn into a driveway, blocking their path. The boys ran home and the subject drove off in an unknown direction.
Arlington Count Police spokesperson Ashley Savage credited the children with trusting their gut feeling and running off.
"What they did is exactly what we’d hope that would happen in these types of cases. And so, anytime we have something like this, we want to make sure the public is aware so they can make their children aware and that they can take the steps that they deem necessary with their children to ensure their safety," said Savage.
While the cars in each case were different, the suspect description in both cases was a white male, in his mid-30's with dark hair and a short beard.
If you have any information about either of these cases, please call police at 703-558-2222. If you would like to remain anonymous, call Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.