Teen girl approached by stranger in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 23, 2018

WARREN — Police said a 17-year-old girl did the right thing when she ran to an occupied business after an encounter with a stranger at 11 Mile and Schoenherr around dusk Jan. 19.


The teen told police she was walking on the sidewalk in front of the C & G Newspapers office building, 13650 E. 11 Mile Road, at about 6 p.m. when she was approached by a man who exited a white vehicle that pulled into the parking lot.


“He approached her multiple times, asked her if she needed a ride someplace,” Warren Police Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt said. “She told him no. She began walking faster. He then followed her and he said to her, ‘Let’s be friends.’ She then started running and went toward Planet Fitness.”


The teen told police she looked back when she got into the gym, just east of C & G Newspapers, and saw the man getting back into his vehicle. He then drove out of the parking lot.


The suspect was described as 40-50 years old, black, with a light complexion and a mole on his cheek. He was reportedly wearing a baggy jacket and jeans. No further vehicle description was provided.


The incident appeared to be isolated, but Eidt said anyone who experiences a suspicious encounter with a stranger should contact the police immediately.


“She saw a business that is close by and went there, where there is plenty of people,” Eidt said. “It’s important to call the police right away when something like this happens so we can respond and get in the area.”


Anyone with information about the suspect or activity that could be related can reach Warren Police detectives at (586) 574-4810.