North Elementary School female students running on Sanborn Road reported an attempt by a male motorcyclist to grab them last week.
The incident was reported at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, May 27. According to the dispatch report, the incident was reported about an hour after the incident had taken place.
On the following day, a letter was sent home to parents by Assistant Principal Jill Connors, stating, “Yesterday during Girls on the Run, an afterschool, non-school sponsored activity for girls in grades 3-5, a situation took place regarding three of our athletes during practice. During our run, which took us onto Sanborn Road, three of our girls were approached by a man riding a motorcycle who attempted to grab them by their shirts. First and foremost the girls are safe and unharmed. We have notified and filed a report with the Londonderry Police Department of the events that took place. We do believe that this was an isolated situation, however, we thought it was important to share this information with all of our North School families.”
Londonderry Police Detective Chris Olson said officers responded immediately and were able to confirm that it was not an attempted abduction.
Olson said it appeared to be an irresponsible person acting recklessly on a motorcycle.
“A letter was sent home and the school got in touch with the parents of all the females who were on the run to let them know what happened,” he said. “Our officers checked the entire area and followed up with one of the parents whose daughter was involved, and the only information we received was that it was a red motorcycle and the driver was wearing a yellow backpack and had brown hair and a goatee. He never spoke with any of the females.”
Olson said Connors saw the motorcyclist but “did not witness his reckless behavior.”