CMPD Seeking Public’s Help in Search for Man After Girl Attacked at Charlotte, NC School Bus Stop

CMPD: West Meck student unhurt; Man grabbed her as school bus approached, let her go after driver screamed.

From The Charlotte Observer of November 13, 2010 via www.ten8.wordpress.com

By Meghan Cooke

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a man they say attacked a West Mecklenburg High School student at her bus stop Friday morning in West Charlotte.

The assailant approached the 16-year-old student around 6:30 a.m. as she waited at her bus stop at Weyland and Greenland avenues off Wilkinson Boulevard.

The man began talking with her and then grabbed her just as the school bus approached, and the driver saw the victim being pulled from the curbside, said Officer Robert Fey.

The man grabbed the student from behind by the neck and buttocks, according to police records, but released her as the bus approached and the bus driver screamed.

Fey said the girl, who was not injured, did not know her attacker. The suspect was described as a black man with dark skin, around 5 feet 8 inches tall and 250 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a green hooded sweatshirt with a dark shirt underneath, police said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools transportation officials will review the incident to determine whether the bus stop location should be changed, said CMS spokeswoman Kathleen Johansen.

“When something like this happens, it goes to the top of the list,” said Randy Hagler, deputy chief of CMS police.

On Friday afternoon, police patrolled the area and will continue patrols through next week, Hagler said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Staff writer Joe Marusak contributed.

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