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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