April 29, 2014

Two more girls assaulted in east Arlington, police say

Total of six girls have reported being accosted by a man since November, the latest two on April 18, Arlington police say.

Two more teenage girls have been assaulted in east Arlington, adding to four similar cases that have been reported since November in the same area, police said Tuesday.

The latest incident prompted police to “reinitiate increased community awareness,” said Tiara Ellis Richard, a police spokeswoman, in a news release.

About 9 p.m. April 18, two girls, ages 14 and 15, were walking in the 1900 block of Carter Drive, Richard said. A man “ran up to them from behind, pushed one girl down and grabbed the second girl,” Richard said.

“She screamed and fought the suspect, prompting him to run back to his vehicle,” Richard said. “The two girls fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

“The suspect descriptions have not been very specific, which is understandable considering the anxiety of the victims.”

The girls, who were not injured, described the man as in his 20s and wearing a gray hooded top.

He drove away in what was possibly a newer model dark-colored Honda Civic. A nearby resident with a security camera on his house captured video of the vehicle.

The earlier incidents, involving girls ages 12 to 16, occurred on the east side of Arlington, north of Pioneer Parkway near New York Avenue and east of Texas 360, police said.

Police have said each girl was approached from behind as she walked home in the afternoon or evening. The girls’ descriptions varied, except that all said the man spoke Spanish or had a heavy accent.

Police have asked the FBI to review the cases, Richard said.

This contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

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