2 ‘suspicious incidents’ reported by 3 girls at Durham school bus stops

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham police are investigating two “suspicious incidents” at school bus stops involving teen girls this week.

The first incident was reported at 6:25 a.m. Monday at a bus stop near the intersection of Eastway Avenue and McNeil Street, Durham Police said in an email.

Two girls  – ages 11 and 13 – were at the bus stop when they saw a person in brown or champagne-colored SUV with its lights off parked in an undeveloped area of a cul-de-sac, according to police.

“As they started to walk away from the vehicle, the driver got out of the SUV and chased them. The females screamed and ran home,” police said.

The girls were only able to describe the suspect as “a person dressed in white clothing,” police said.

The latest incident happened around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Grant Street and Linwood Avenue.

In that incident, a 13-year-old girl was alone at the bus stop when two men — one armed with a knife — walked out of the woods and grabbed her, according to police.

“The teen was able to fight them off and the suspects fled when a neighbor came outside and yelled at them,” police said.

Police said the suspects were described as black males in their mid-20s to mid-30s,  5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 2 inches tall and muscular.

“Both men were wearing hoodies. One man had a chipped tooth and a tattoo on one of his fingers,” police said.

Police encouraged parents not to leave students alone at bus stops, and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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