San Diego County sheriff’s investigators are looking for a man armed with a knife who stalked a group of high school students on their way to the bus stop
NBC7 spoke exclusively with one of the teenage victims who managed to get away.
El Capitan students like freshman Veronica Robart gather at the bus stop along Los Coches Road and I-8 Business before school.
At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Robart was on the way there when she said a man grabbed her shoulder.
“He said, ‘How old are you, where are you going, come back,’” Robart said. “I kept walking, then walking faster.”
Robart was relieved to see her best friend Baylie and four others. She said she soon discovered five minutes earlier, at a nearby 7-Eleven, they were approached by that same man.
“’You look cute today, how are you, where do you live, how old are you,’ asking questions,” Robart recalled. She said her friend just started running.
Neighbor Cheyenne Hughes, also on her way to the same stop, saw the suspect between both incidents.
“I saw a man that looked quite strangely,” Hughes said.
He was described as dark-skinned, 6-feet tall with dreadlocks, wearing a black hoodie and jeans.
The suspect pulled a knife after he was confronted by one of the male students.
The group sought refuge in the pool area of Lamplighters Los Coches Mobile Home Park.
“I find it pretty creepy and not normal,” Hughes said who lives in Los Coches with her mother.
“It's scary that's why I am coming out with my daughter in the morning,” Betty Ann Hughes said. “I don't want anything to happen to any of these kids.”
“I feel more cautious and tomorrow I will be more cautious about my surroundings, Robart said.
El Capitan High School sent an email alert to district parents Tuesday afternoon that described the incident and included a suspect description.
Students are urged to travel in groups to school and call sheriff's deputies if they see something suspicious.