Hollywood Police say a man who attacked two young women earlier this month may have gone after a third one Wednesday morning, and are urging caution heading into Halloween.
Police say they received a report about the third in what may be a series of linked abduction attempts about 6:30 a.m. A high school student told investigators she was walking to her bus stop near North 19th Avenue and Taft Street when a man wearing a black hoodie stepped out of an alley and asked for the time.
The girl kept walking, but the man grabbed her shirt from behind and pulled her to the ground, police said. Police believe the man was scared away when her school bus pulled up.
Chief Frank Fernandez said the description of the attack and the attacker are similar to two reported abduction attempts in the Parkside neighborhood on Oct. 17, during which a man wearing black reportedly tried to abduct a high school student and a second young woman by pulling a garment over their heads from behind. All three women got away.
Fernandez said the three reported incidents are all within walking distance of the others and all occurred before 7 a.m. The descriptions of the man and manner of attack were also similar, he said.
“This is an all- hands-on-deck approach to this. We’re not taking any chances, given the fact that Halloween is around the corner. We’re going to have extra patrols out there,” Fernandez said.
Police are asking anyone who may have information to contact investigators. Police can be reached at 954-967-4321, or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.