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Gary teen grabbed, fondled by man who threatens to harm others like her

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Updated: April 19, 2013 4:23AM



GARY — Shlondia Norton’s 14-year-old daughter left for school Wednesday morning taking her usual route at her usual time.

But just three blocks from home, her daily walk to Lew Wallace High School took a turn for the dangerous.

A man grabbed her from behind, dragged her to a vacant home and told her to take her clothes off, her mother said.

“She was crying. He said he was going to do this to other girls who look like her,” Norton said.

Her daughter was wearing her school uniform, Norton said, wondering what the assailant meant by his threat.

The man fondled the girl, but then left her.

Norton went to the school to alert authorities there, but wanted other parents to be aware of what happened.

Her daughter said she was walking to school when she noticed a car following slowly alongside her. The man offered her a ride, but she declined, saying she was going to school. She walked to a different street, but then she felt someone grab her from behind. Police say the incident occurred in the 4100 block of Washington Street.

“Parents need to know this is happening,” Norton said.

Police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King said the matter is being investigated and encouraged students to walk in groups. “There is strength in numbers,” she said.

Detective JerVean Gates is investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the suspect can call Gates at (219) 881-1209.



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