COLUMBIA, SC — For the second time in two weeks, a Midlands area teenager walking home from her school bus stop has been approached by a stranger trying to pick her up.
The latest incident occurred in Richland County around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Broad Rover Road and Hufstetler Drive, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.
The 14-year-old told investigators the man drove up to her in a burgundy two-door truck, rolled his window down and asked if she wanted a ride. When she said no and turned to run, she said the man got out of his truck and chased her. She was able to get home, lock the doors and call her family.
Authorities are looking for a man that the teenager described as “heavy-set, dark-skinned, bald and between 50 and 55 years old,” Lott said.
Two weeks ago, Lexington County authorities launched a search for a man who approached a female student walking home from her bus stop on the Edmund Highway around 12:20 p.m. This suspect was driving a four-door, red car. He was described as an older, heavy-set white man with a shoulder-length mullet cut and a gray goatee. Police still are looking for that suspect.