Fall River police say a suspicious man in his 60's is approaching students and threatening them if they don't go with him. In one case, the man threatened to stab a 16-year-old girl if she didn't go with him.
The teen managed to get away, but the incidents have encouraged Fall River superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown to send parents a safety message on Wednesday asking them to be aware and to report anything suspicious to police.
In the note to parents Mayo-Brown says, "Based on the description they appear to involve the same male. The Fall River Police Department has asked us to be on the lookout for this male."
Officials describe the suspect as being a white man around 60-years-old, 5'9 inches, with a medium build, and a white beard. He wore camo pants, a white shirt, a gray hooded sweatshirt, and a beanie-style cap.
Police say in one case, the suspect pulled a 16-year-old girl toward him and threatened to stab her if she didn't go with him. The girl managed to push him away.
The girl was unable to identify the suspect from a photo array, said Detective Lt. Kevin Tetrault.
Another incident happened Tuesday morning just before 9 a.m. by Carlton M. Viveiros Elementary School.
In that case, two girls were walking near the school when they observed the suspect walking behind them. The man made a signal towards them when the girls took off running, said Fall River Police Lt. Roger LaFleur said.