Mt. Rainier High School student followed, harassed Friday morning


On Friday morning (Oct. 2), a female Mt. Rainier High School student was following and approached by a man – whom she did not know – on Pacific Highway South, and who made “multiple attempts to engage her,” Highline Public Schools officials said.

The student told the stranger to leave her alone several times, and kept walking before finally running away.

The stalking incident happened in the 23400 block of Pacific Highway South (map below).

She reported it immediately to the school office.

Police have been notified and said they will have additional officers in the area at school release time.

The man was described as African American, short, skinny build, approximately 35-years old, clean shaven, with acne. He was wearing jeans, a black jacket with the hood up and black and white Nike shoes.

This most recent incident comes on the heels of a similar one – but with a different suspect – Thursday with Midway students.

Here’s a letter sent out to parents by MRHS Principal Julie Hunter:

We want you to be aware of an incident that occurred this morning.

Between the Dollar Tree and McDonald’s on Pacific Highway at about 7:30 this morning, one of our students was followed and approached by a man who made multiple attempts to engage her. The student told the man to leave her alone several times. She kept walking and then ran away. She reported it immediately to the school office.

Police have been notified and will have additional officers in the area at release time. The man is described as African American, short, skinny build, approximately 35 years old, clean shaven, with acne. He was wearing jeans, a black jacket with the hood up and black and white Nike shoes.

If you have any information that could aid in identifying this individual, please contact the Des Moines Police at 206.878.3301.

Please review with your children the safety rules for walking to school.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the school at 206.631.7000.

-Julie Hunter
Principal


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