SALEM, Or—Last night the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received information that an 11-year-old female student reported to her family members she was being followed after school today by an unknown male. The child, a student at Adam Stephen’s Middle School, told deputies as they were walking home they noticed an unknown black male adult walking behind them and a group of her friends. The juvenile said after she left the group and began walking down the street toward her residence alone, the male began chasing her. The student said she was able to get to home and lock herself inside of the residence. She told her family about what happened when they arrived home later.
The male was described by the child as being a black male adult, 40’s-50’s, thin, approximately 6’0”, braided hair with blond or gold colored tips, and no facial hair. The male is reported to have been wearing a plain white short-sleeve shirt and black jeans with tears in them.
The Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with officials from the Salem-Keizer School District regarding this incident. The Sheriff’s Office will have an increased presence in the areas around the school today in addition to additional security from the Salem-Keizer School District.
As school resumes, deputies would like to offer the following safety tips to parents:
Deputies are actively investigating this report and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch at 503-588-5032.