Lorain police looking for man who attacked girls, Lorain City Schools lockdown lifted

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LORAIN, Ohio -- All buildings in the Lorain City School District were on lockdown most of the day Thursday as authorities search for a man believed to be responsible for three separate attacks on girls -- one middle school student and two elementary school students.

The lockdown was lifted just after 2 p.m., but the district said they remain on high alert. Lorain police said still no suspect has been arrested.

The first incident happened at 6:07 a.m. in the area of Washington and West 9th. A girl was walking to school; the suspect grabbed her by the arm, made a threatening comment, then punched her twice. She screamed and ran away from the suspect. Neighbors heard her scream and saw the suspect running on West 8th.

The second incident happened at 7:20 a.m. in the area of Oberlin and West 8th.  Police say the suspect exposed himself and followed a girl into a yard before taking off westbound on West 8th.

At 7:46 a.m., in the area of West 18th and Oakdale, police say the suspect grabbed a girl from behind and took off eastbound on West 18th.

Lorain police say the suspect is a white male, mid 20s through mid 30s,  5’10”- 6’, wearing a black jacket with a hood, dark jeans, dark shoes, dark gloves, possibly black mask covering his face.

Police say there are extra patrols in the area; the FBI will assist as needed.

The district posted on its Facebook Thursday morning that all buildings were placed on lockdown as an extra precaution as the Lorain Police Department conducted its investigation. At Thursday's press conference, the superintendent said the school will dismiss at its regular time.

The post added:

"Please be assured that our buildings have the latest security measures in place and are the safest place for your child to be right now."

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Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:09 pm

Police: suspect approached individual, punched juvenile; took off. In a separate incident — something similar happened with another juvenile; then a third incident happened, where male came up behind juvenile and grabbed her in the same manner. Suspect is a white male, 5’10”-6″, wearing dark jeans, dark shoes, possibly a mask or something covering his face.

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:09 pm

Police: Call 411 if you see this suspect or have any information. 

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:10 pm

Oldest juvenile was 13 — police are working on exact ages. 

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:10 pm

Police: Male made threatening comments to the juveniles; FBI offering assistance if needed. 

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:11 pm

Police: We have extra patrols in the area.

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:13 pm

Police: Girl who was punched was not seriously injured. 

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:14 pm

Superintendent says there will be normal dismissal time 

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:15 pm

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:17 pm

From Lorain Police Facebook page: 
The Lorain Police Department is actively investigating three separate incidents of a male approaching multiple juvenile females on the morning of 2/25/16. The following list is a description of the incidents and a description of the suspect. 

1. 6:07 am in the area Washington and W.9th suspect grabbed juvenile by the arm, made threatening comment, punched juvenile twice.Juvenile screamed and fled from suspect, neighbors heard female scream and saw suspect running on W.8th. 

2. 7:20 am in the area of Oberlin and W.8th the suspect exposed himself and followed a juvenile into a yard before fleeing westbound on W.8th .

3. 7:46 am in the area of W.18th and Oakdale the suspect grabbed a juvenile from behind and fled eastbound on W.18th. 

Suspect description:

• White male, mid 20s through mid 30s in age, 5’10”- 6’, wearing black jacket with hood, dark jeans, dark shoes, dark gloves, possibly black mask covering face.

Kara Sutyak February 25, 201612:18 pm

Superintendent: Make sure you talk to your kids about strangers. Make as much noise as you can to get away.