Police look for suspect in string of teen abduction attempts

Police are on high alert for a brazen would-be predator.
Detroit police are on the hunt for a suspect who tried to abduct at least four teens in the last week outside a rec center.

A brazen suspect is targeting girls 14 to 17 years old, going after groups at a time outside Don Bosco Hall, 19321 West Chicago and police want to catch him, before he gets what he's after.

It's a scary thought for any parent, fearing your child might be taken right in front of a school but that's what Detroit police say has nearly happened in a string of connected incidents.

Police are searching for a black Ford Focus, police have a description of a black man said to be around 37 years old with a scar on the right side of his face.

Anyone who sees the man meeting this description is asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-5300 right away.

"We are in the process of trying to get a composite out on the suspect," said Chief James Craig. "But again, the 6th precinct and the officers, our sex crimes unit, has been working diligently on this one since this pattern began to emerge."

The attempts also happened in front of WAY Academy which serves as a neighborhood after-school center, 8701 Vernor, as well.

"We have young people in and out of the building from 8:30 am to 8:00 at night," said Don Bosco director Lynn Burdell, who called the police on Friday when some students came running in for help.

"They were accosted by this guy," Burdell said. "He drove up and offered them money and they were frightened by it. He exposed himself to them and they came in quite upset. Well they were afraid."

"In this instance it was just an 'exposing' and not an attempted kidnap and that occurred on Westwood and Westfield," Craig said. "And then the last incident, the fourth on Friday the 15th was at Westwood and West Chicago and that was an attempted kidnapping."

One parent FOX 2 spoke with says she's seen some shady behavior around the school firsthand.

"I've been coming early because I have been seeing these weird guys just sitting here and trying to lure these kids to their car," said Beanca McClinton. 

Tuesday afternoon police cars combed the streets near the school on West Chicago Road driving down side streets, adding some comfort to concerned parents. 

"I think it's a super good thing that police are over here now," said James Woods.

Meanwhile all school activities are going along as scheduled. The community center director is encouraging parents to drop off and pick up the kids from school and other activities.

Those walking are asked to do so in groups.

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