Trophy Club police are searching for a suspicious man who stopped two sets of girls on separate occasions to ask for directions to a golf course.
Two teenage girls in Trophy Club were stopped about 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 15 and two elementary-age girls were stopped between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday in Roanoke. In each case, the man was reported to be driving a dark-colored Ford Explorer or Escape.
The teen girls reported the man appeared to be fondling himself as he asked them for directions, and a criminal investigation is ongoing, according to Trophy Club Police Commander Lee Delk. Roanoke authorities said Trophy Club is taking the lead on the investigation.
“Because of the similarities, we believe the two are related and we are working together to try and catch this man,” Delk said. “We don’t have any substantial leads at this time, but are actively investigating.”
Delk said authorities are looking for a white man between 30 to 40 years old with light brown hair that’s graying on the sides.
Delk said the Trophy Club teens were walking home when they were approached by the man in what appeared to be a rusty vehicle, possibly dark green, at the corner of Morgan Lane and Highlands Drive.
“He was asking for directions to the golf course, but of course that could’ve been a ruse to get the girls closer to his car,” Delk said.
After the girls provided directions, one of the girls reported that she noticed the man had his zipper down and appeared to be fondling himself, Delk said.
This week, officials reported a similar incident in Roanoke, a neighboring city.
According to reports, two girls were walking home from Roanoke Elementary when they were stopped by a man near Al Slaughter Parkway and Bentley Drive driving a dark-colored, possibly black, vehicle similar to a Ford Explorer. He asked them for directions to the golf course.
The girls did not approach the vehicle, continued on their way home and reported the incident to their families, officials said. The mother of one of the girls called Roanoke police.
The girls indicated there was a spare tire in a black cover with no writing or emblem on the back side of the vehicle.
Roanoke Police Commander Jeremy Miller said they are working closely with Trophy Club police.
Police are asking anyone who observes suspicious activity to call 911, and they are urging parents to talk to their children to make sure they know not to talk to strangers. In addition, police ask parents teach their children to leave the area if approached by someone they don’t know, and to run home and tell a parent or trusted adult.
Anyone with leads on the whereabouts of the man or vehicle are asked to call the Trophy Club Police Department and ask for Detective Keith Burris at 682-831-4650.