COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WTVR)—Three young seventh graders kept a cool head and helped police nab a man who allegedly took indecent liberties near the middle school
On their way to school, on foot, two 12-year olds were scared for their safety. They used a cellphone to call 911 and told the dispatcher that a man was following them and they were scared.
That dispatcher got a location on the seventh graders, and a detailed description of the suspect.
In sight of the middle school, the School Resource Officer spots the pair and the man following them.
The officer gets the man’s identity, but he is allowed to leave since no obvious crime was committed.
A few minutes later, the School Resource Officer was approached by a third girl, also a seventh grader, who said a man has exposed himself to her twice on her way to school.
Her description was identical to the description made by the other two girls’.
Police made a quick arrest and charged 25-year old Justin Milton with two felony counts of indecent liberties.
Milton is being held without bond.
School Superintendent Dr. Joe Cox said that all three young girls did exactly as they should have, and should be proud of the fact they remained calm and told an adult about what happened.
Both Cox and Sergeant Rob Ruxer, with the Colonial Heights Police, credit all three with helping the police make the arrest.
They emphasized the importance of remaining calm while contacting 911, providing a detailed description and immediately reporting to a school official.
A letter went home with all the students at the middle school, alerting parents to what happened and the arrest.