Teen scared by suspects wearing ski masks in car

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Independence County deputies are on the lookout for several suspects and a car after a student was approached by a man in a ski mask on her way to school Monday.

According to the incident report from the Independence County Sheriff's Office, the 18-year-old girl said she left her house around 7:30 a.m. to head to school.

She soon got behind an older white car with no tags at the intersection of Cave Creek Road and Brewer Hill Road.

They both turned onto Brewer Hill Road.

She said when they got to the top of the hill all four people in the car turned around and looked at her.

They were wearing ski masks, according to the report.

The car then sped up and continued toward Highway 167.

A little farther down the road, the student came up behind the white car again.

The car stopped in the middle of the road and the driver, described as a tall white man wearing a red shirt and blue jeans, jumped out and ran toward the teen's car.

She quickly turned around in the road and drove back to her house.

Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said the girl did everything right.

"If somebody tries to stop you and you don't know who they are, don't stop for them, keep going," Stephens said. "If you can't get around them and there's nobody behind you and you can do it safely, back up somewhere to turn around and just leave the area. Don't unlock your car, don't open your door, don't do anything for them."

The victim was also paying attention to her surroundings, which Stephens said most people do not do when driving.

"She had excellent attention to her surroundings," Stephens said. "She got a very good description of the vehicle and the people, how many people were in it, and did a very good job."

The report states the girl's dad got into her car while the teen and her mother were at the sheriff's department and found what he believed to be the same car.

He said a woman was driving and an older white man wearing a red shirt and blue jeans got out the car and approached him.

The father told the man to leave his vehicle alone and not bother his daughter anymore.

Deputies have searched the area and have not found the suspects or the described vehicle.

If you have any information about this incident, contact the Independence County Sheriff's Office at (870) 793-8838.

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