Arrowhead Elementary: Students on bikes chased while going home from school

Posted at 3:32 PM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 08:53:01-05

Authorities are investigating after at least two students were chased by a stranger Monday afternoon.

According to a letter sent by Arrowhead Elementary School Principal Vivian Hunt, a parent contacted the school Tuesday after the incident happened the day before.

A district spokesperson said at least two boys were riding bikes home from the school at 75th Avenue and Union Hills Drive when a stranger started chasing them.

The stranger was described as an older white man with a mustache. The children were able to pedal away, the district said.

The incident is similar to one that happened last week. Hillcrest Middle School parents received a letter Friday letting them know that a student walking home was followed by black 4-door car on February 9.

At one point, an older man got out of the vehicle and approached the student.

As a result of the incidents, Christina Gonzales will no longer let her middle school daughter walk to or from school alone.

"It's scary," Gonzales said of the incidents.

She changed her work schedule to allow her to take her children to and from school.

Glendale police took a report about the incident and were investigating. A report was in the process of being filed on the Arrowhead incident, officials said.

Administrators said child safety is a priority for the school and Deer Valley Unified School District. Anyone with information about the incidents or who observes suspicious activity is asked to call the district's safe school hotline: 623-376-3263.

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