Redding On Alert After Bethel Girl Reports Being Chased At School Bus Stop

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A Bethel girl said she was chased after getting off a school bus a short distance from the Redding border on Monday.
A Bethel girl said she was chased after getting off a school bus a short distance from the Redding border on Monday. Photo Credit: Flickr user Cast a Line

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Security concerns for school students were heightened in the Redding and Danbury area after a Bethel girl reported being chased by a man after getting off a bus on Putnam Park Road on Monday afternoon.

In a letter to Bethel parents, School Superintendent Kevin J. Smith said a late bus dropped off the seventh-grader at about 4:15 p.m. Monday at Route 58 and Route 302, just north of the Redding border.

"While she was walking down Route 58 on the left side of the road, a white industrial van with no markings stopped and made a semi U turn in the road," the letter said. "The student reported that she heard a door open and when she turned around, a white male was coming out of the van and began to run after her.

"The student then ran to her house, which was just a few yards away. When she got into her house, she saw the man get back into his van and drive away down Route 58 toward Redding."

The suspect was described as a white man in his 30s. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black pants, and black shoes. The man was described as clean cut with no noticeable facial hair or tattoos, or other markings.

Bethel police were investigating the incident, Smith’s letter said. The school district shared the information with neighboring school districts. 

The incident occurred about two miles from the Redding border.

Anyone with information on the incudent or the van is asked to contact Bethel police at 203-744-7900.

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