Newark Police attempt to identify man accused of chasing teen on her way to school

NEWARK (WCMH) –Newark Police are working to identify a man who is facing charges of public indecency and abduction.

But if not for off-duty school bus driver Bonnie Copley, the man could have committed even harsher crimes.

Police say as a high school student walked to school Thursday morning, a man stood at a nearby street corner and stared at her while masturbating. As the girl walked toward her school, the man followed her – and eventually chased her.

Copley noticed something wasn’t right and pulled over, offered the girl and a ride and they sped off to school.

“I’m very thankful I was there because I have no idea what that man would have done to her,” Copley said. “As a mother and grandmother, I realize that our children are the most important things in our lives. They can’t be replaced.”

Copley picked the girl up near Main St. and N. 11th St. Police are asking nearby businesses for any surveillance footage they may have from Thursday morning to identify the suspect. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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