MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Mobile-area law enforcement officers are issuing a word of warning after a teenage girl said a man in a white van followed her home.
A Mobile County Sheriff's Department Spokesperson said Wednesday evening the man got out of his car and asked the girl for directions to New Orleans, and then asked her to help him fix his GPS. The girl didn't respond, and walked inside her home.
Mobile County Sheriff's Spokesperson Joe Mahoney said the teen filed a report with Mobile Police Department, and then typed up a report of her own on Facebook. Mahoney said its how they were made aware of the incident.
"We have broadcast this to our area deputies to be on the lookout for this a man, and anything that's suspicious," Mahoney said.
Because the area where the man was seen is on a jurisdictional line, Mahoney said patrol officers with MCSO and Mobile Police are actively patrolling the area for the suspicious van.
Meanwhile, many residents of Scott Plantation said they've been sharing the teen's warning on their Facebook pages, and taking extra precautions with their children.
"I run at night, so now I probably won't be running at night anymore at least anytime soon," Shanna Knight said.
Knight said she read the post just before she and her daughter left the house Thursday morning.
"When I was taking her to school this morning, I just so happened to notice a white van. I just kind of put two-and-two together, and I kind of figured that had to be him."
Scott Lindsey said he received the teen's post at work in an email. It is a warning he said he is not taking lightly with his two young children.
"They're going to get these kids off the school bus, these eleven, twelve, thirteen-year-olds, or they're going to watch some of these single ladies come in and it's going to be a bad situation," Lindsey said.
MCSO said to be on the lookout for an older-model white van. They said the driver was a white male in his 30's, has dark hair and a dark beard.