FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Tonight, a stalker is behind bars after being on the loose for a week in Fredericksburg.
Police say 28-year-old Zachary Young Jr. was captured in downtown Fredericksburg at 11:45 Wednesday morning.
“A citizen recognized him and he was walking around downtown and called the Fredericksburg Police Department,” said Fredericksburg Police Public Information Officer Sarah Kirkpatrick.
According to police, a teenage girl notified them after a man she didn’t know kept trying to talk to her at her school bus stop last Thursday morning. The very next day, she told police the same man was waiting for her when she came home from school, at the bus stop and then followed her to the Kendalwood Apartments.
It’s made some parents think twice about their own kids.
“There’s a lot of creepy older men who live here, so it doesn’t really surprise me to be honest with you,” Caitlin Rodgers said. “I’m moving out in the next couple of weeks because I have a daughter who’s one, and I just don’t want her growing up here.”
Added Tony Padilla, who lives in the same complex, “With more that need with the public schooling and the safety of the children, we’ve been thinking more and more about homeschooling…. definitely being more in the net city like this.”
Fredericksburg City Schools were made aware of the incident and say they’ve been in close contact with police and the high school’s school resource officer.
Tonight, Dr. Harry Thomas, Director of Instruction, has a message for both parents and teachers: “Maintain a high level of vigilance. In this particular case the young lady communicated with her parents the concern and her parents communicated quickly with the authorities.”
Police in Fredericksburg have said that Zachary Young Jr. has a prior criminal history, but would not go into detail.