Parkville, MD – Four teenage girls attacked a pregnant teacher and stole her car on Saturday at an elementary school.
Police said four teenage girls went into Villa Cresta Elementary School on Saturday and asked about enrolling a child in the school, according to WBAL-TV.
“Typically when you walk into a school, you have to sign in and you have to produce a driver’s license or some form of ID, neither of which these girls did. They just walked up to the counter and started speaking to the people who were in the office,” said Officer Jennifer Peach, of the Baltimore County Police Department, according to WBAL.
When the girls left the school, came across a pregnant teacher walking across the parking lot with her purse, car keys, and phone.
One girl knocked the teacher’s phone from her hand. The teacher tried to run but tripped and dropped her purse, which contained the teacher’s car keys.
The girls took the car keys and then stole the teacher’s belongings and two of the girls left in the teacher’s 2013 Kia Sportage. The other two girls left in the car they came in.
The teacher went to the hospital on her own.
Two of the girls are now in custody, according to WBFF-TV.
Police are not sure if the girls planned the attack or if it was a crime of opportunity, according to WJZ-TV.
“I would have thought this is a very safe neighborhood,” said Teresa Lowenhaupt who is a parent, according to WJZ. “It’s very scary, because on Tuesdays and Thursdays, my son goes to school here, and I have my daughter.”
School board member Julie Henn released a statement saying, “I am angered and sickened by the incident at Villa Cresta today and have requested immediate increased police presence at the school as well as BCPS’ plan for addressing this school’s security. If we can’t protect our teachers and students, nothing else matters.”