Manual cross country team reports suspicious man chasing girls during practice

Police ramp up patrols over reports of man chasing students in park

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Police have stepped up patrols at a park in east Louisville after high school students reported a suspicious man chasing them during cross country practice.

That report of a man chasing the Manual girls' team in E.P. Tom Sawyer Park has parents concerned, as well. The park is off Hurstbourne Parkway near Westport Road.

Police confirmed a letter was circulated between three high school cross country teams -- Manual, Assumption and South Oldham -- after that man scared students last Tuesday.

One man said he called police moments after he heard a woman scream on Tuesday, July 31.

"Two young ladies, who I had passed earlier when they were jogging, came running out of the woods and they were frightened," a man who did not want to give his name said.

The news put other teams who practice at the park on alert.

Assumption High School sent out this letter:

CC Girls and Parents:

The man who saw the frightened girls said he also saw a man fitting the description driving away in a silver small sedan with a spare tire on the right front.

What exactly the man was doing to frighten the girls running in the park has not been revealed. But police are stepping up patrols.

"Especially this summer it seems we've been very heightened on this type of behavior," LMPD Major Jamey Schwab said. "And we certainly want to make sure the public understands we take this kind of thing seriously and we're going to be out here."

The Jefferson County Public School system confirmed Manual has not returned to the park for cross country practice. Daniel Kemp, a spokesman for JCPS, said parents would help monitor future practices.

Kemp said the coach of Manual's team called police immediately.

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