Police investigate incident involving potential teenage predator
City Times Staff
STEVENS POINT — Local police are looking into a report of a teenager who was allegedly harassed by an older man.
According to police, on Wednesday, July 18, at approximately 2:35 p.m., a 14-year-old woman was walking southbound on First Street from Bukolt Avenue. She was soon approached by what appeared to be a shiny black SUV, driven by a an older man, described as being in his mid 30’s, tan, having a trimmed full beard that is “orange/brown” in color, a shaved head, and wearing a “bright neon green shirt.”
This man gestured for the teen to remove her earbuds, to which she ignored him. He then reportedly drove to the stop sign on First Street and Fifth Avenue, and asked her again to remove her earbuds.
This harassment continued, as the driver kept parallel with her as she walked, and asked her where she was going, and if she wanted a ride. He then told the teen to “get into the car”.
After the 14-year-old reached into her backpack, the driver soon made a U-turn and sped off. According to law enforcement, a neighborhood canvas has been completed but no further information has been obtained.
According to various sources through Facebook, the victim was reaching into her backpack for mace to use in heightened scenarios such as this.
If you have any information concerning this incident, please contact Sgt Robert Kussow at (715) 346-1515, or to remain anonymous, contact Portage County Crimestoppers at 1-888-346-6600.