Reported groper rattles Bridgeport neighborhood

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — “As he was walking around, he was looking at me.”

That’s how a Harding High School student began to describe her scary encounter with a strange groper. She says she was stalked then inappropriately touched before she ran for help.

“I went to the corner and I see my friend and I just went up to him crying and he was like what’s wrong and I was like that man just touched me,” said the student.

The encounter happened last Thursday but police say similar incidents in the same neighborhood were reported this week. It’s putting the school and the police on high alert.

“They told me that I fit the description because a lady came to our school and said that a lady that looked like me was being lured into a car by a male,” said Shannon Smith.

Police say they also received a complaint of a man trying to pull a woman into an area cemetery. The woman escaped but then another high school student shared a similar story, police said.

“Whether it’s light outside or dark, whether you are alone or with a friends, always be aware of your surroundings,” said Bridgeport police spokesman William Kaempffer.

“Being alert might save your life,” Kaempffer said. “Just be aware of your surroundings, if you can walk to school with some friends, walk to school with some friends. If you can walk along a major route as opposed to cutting through a field, do that.”

Police say all the incidents could be connected.

“I’m pretty scared,” Smith said. “I am not scared only for myself but for the other people that attend this school and live in this area because most of us live (within) walking distance to this school. Anything could happen to anyone of us.”

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