Stalker of teen girl sought in Harford

November 23, 2006

A Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman said yesterday that the agency is investigating a recent incident in which a man followed a 16-year-old girl on her way home from work.

As the teenager drove away from the Greenbrier Shopping Center on Churchville Road about 11 p.m. Nov. 13, she noticed a dark red pickup truck, a Nissan or Toyota, flashing its lights and following her. The truck trailed her to her Bel Air neighborhood, where the driver sped ahead and stopped directly in front of the girl's car. A man, described by police as in his 60s with facial hair and a potbelly, got out of the truck and attempted to open the teen's locked car door. The girl was able to drive off and arrived home safely.

"We have done extensive interviews with the victim ," said Robert B. Thomas Jr., the sheriff's spokesman. "We are asking for citizens' help to locate anyone matching the description."

Meanwhile, investigation continues into the attempted abduction of a 16-year-old girl from a Churchville snowball stand on Aug. 27. That incident involved a man with a similar description. "The similarities of these two incidents are being explored, but they have not yet been clearly linked," Thomas said.

Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff's Office at 410-836-5429.

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