Toronto Police Services are conducting an ongoing investigation after issuing a public safety alert involving strange men following teenage girls home in their cars. Two separate incidents have been reported to police, both in which unknown men were observed following teenage girls home in the Rosedale neighbourhood of Toronto.
The first case reportedly occurred in the area of Elm Avenue and Dunbar Road at 8:00 AM on March 7th, City News reports. According to police, a 14-year-old female was walking down the street when a vehicle began following her.
The car was driven by a man unknown to the girl. Several minutes later, the man approached the girl from behind and demanded she enter the vehicle. The girl refused to oblige, and he responded by allegedly forcefully grabbing her hand and pulling her into him. Fortunately, she was able to escape his grasp and run away.
Police describe the suspect as a black man around 30-years-old, six feet tall, and has short hair or a shaved head. During the incident, he was wearing a black Adidas hoodie and black sweat pants. Police say he was driving a small black four-door sedan.
About one week later, a similar incident occurred no more than a block away. In the Elm Avenue and Sherbourne Road area, a second event occurred on March 15th and 3:30 PM, police allege.
According to the police news release, a man driving a silver Nissan Altima began following a 13-year-old girl who was walking on the sidewalk. The man allegedly began making remarks of a sexual nature to the young female.
Terrified, she ran to a friend’s house, and the man continued to wait outside in his car. The suspect, a man described by police as black and in his early 20s, fled the scene.
Although similar in nature, police have not yet confirmed that these two incidents are connected. Investigators are asking anyone in the area for security footage during the time of the two incidents.