Student reports encounter with stranger near Lincoln High

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 5, 2019

WARREN — Police were alerted to a suspicious encounter reported by a ninth-grade student at Lincoln High School after she walked to school early March 29.

“She was in the area of MacArthur and Toepfer when a newer Chevy minivan approached her and slowed down,” said Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt, of the Warren Police Department. “An unknown male that was in the vehicle attempted to ask her questions and made some comments.”

The incident reportedly happened at about 8 a.m., and the man, described only as black with a mustache and full beard, allegedly made comments about the girl’s appearance.

“She told him to leave her alone,” Eidt said. “The vehicle drove away. Minutes later, he came back and attempted to speak with her.”

The vehicle eventually drove off. The girl told police there was no license plate viewed on the vehicle and that the minivan was very clean and it appeared new.

The driver was the only person in the minivan, according to the student.

Lincoln High School, 22900 Federal Ave., is south of Nine Mile Road and east of Van Dyke Avenue and is part of the Van Dyke Public Schools district. The district was on spring break the week of April 1.

Anyone with information about the encounter or the suspect involved can reach the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Cpl. Dale VanHorn, at (586) 574-4789.