Arlington police investigate four girls’ reports of being accosted

Arlington police are warning the public that four girls have reported being accosted in recent months by a man who touched them inappropriately as they walked home in east Arlington.

The girls are ages 12 to 16. Each was approached from behind as she walked home in the afternoon or evening, Arlington police said in a news release Wednesday.

Police are not sure whether one man is responsible because the girls’ descriptions varied, except that each said he spoke Spanish or had a heavy accent.

The incidents occurred on the east side of Arlington, north of Pioneer Parkway near New York Avenue and east of Texas 360, the release said.

The latest incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Jan 16 in the 2300 block of Huntington Drive. A 16-year-old girl was walking home from a park when a man walked up behind her, grabbed her and tried to put his hands in her pants, the release said.

The girl said she screamed and the man ran away.

In the other cases, a man touched the girls over their clothing and ran away when the girls resisted.

In the first reported case, a 14-year-old girl was accosted Nov. 15 in the 800 block of East Timberlake Drive. On Dec. 10, a 12-year-old girl was grabbed in the 2200 block of East Park Row Drive. And on Jan. 2, a 16-year-old girl was accosted as she walked in the 1800 block of East Tucker Boulevard, the release said.

Young people should walk in groups, especially after dark, and be aware of their surroundings, the news release said. If grabbed by a stranger, they should scream, fight and do anything possible to get away and draw attention to the situation, police advise.