Third Mountain teen approached by suspicious stranger
Hamilton police are warning teenage students to be aware and walk in pairs after three suspicious incidents on the Mountain.
Officers are investigating three incidents where the driver of a blue or black four-door sedan asked teenage girls personal questions and in one case offered the girl a ride.
The most recent of the three incidents happened Wednesday morning at around 9 a.m.on Upper Gage Avenue.
The first incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Nov. 4 when a 17-year-old girl was walking west on Queensdale Avenue East. As she approached Upper Wentworth, a vehicle came beside her and its lone occupant asked her personal questions. He also asked her get into the vehicle, police say.
“She felt uncomfortable and walked away without further incident,” Hamilton Police Service said in a statement.
The next day around 8:30 a.m., a man in a four-door black sedan approached a 16-year-old girl walking to school around Callie Road and Alderney Avenue. Again, the driver asked her personal questions, and she felt uncomfortable and walked away. The man did not get out of his car.
The suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, with a dark complexion. He is described as 6 feet tall and thin, with black hair and a goatee. He wore blue jeans, a black T-shirt with silver/white “graffiti” lettering and a black leather jacket.
Police want students to be aware of their surroundings when they’re walking to and from school. If possible, they should walk in pairs or with an adult.
If they encounter anyone suspicious, police say, they should contact a parent, guardian, school staff or officer as soon as possible.
Anyone with information should call Det. David Brady at 905-546-3851.