The Edmond Sun

March 29, 2013

Police: Man approaches middle school students

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond Police said they are looking for a man after several local middle school students reported a stranger asking them if they needed a ride home.

Jenny Monroe, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said the agency and Edmond Public Schools have been working together in response to an incident that occurred Thursday afternoon in the Kickingbird Theater parking lot just east of Sequoyah Middle School.

At 3:31 p.m. Thursday, a call came into dispatch as third party information that several girls had been approached by a man in his 30s in a van. Monroe said the man asked the girls if they needed a ride home. Three Edmond officers responded to the area on Thursday and did not find the suspect or vehicle in the area, Monroe said.

Friday morning, several students told Sequoyah Middle School staff a man had approached them Thursday afternoon while they were waiting for their rides home in the Kickingbird Square parking lot.

A school resource officer took their information individually, Monroe said. As of right now the description of the man varies in age and vehicle color or type, but the department feels confident it did in fact occur.

Monroe said the Police Department had plain-clothed officers in the area as school dismissed Friday in case the man reappeared.

“We applaud the students who did the correct thing in coming forward and making an adult aware they had been approached by a stranger,” Monroe said. “We also encourage anyone in the future to call 911 immediately if this happens so officers can respond quickly and detain the subject.”

Monroe said the suspect is described as a white male age 17-40 wearing a black shirt and khaki pants; the original report was he drove a black van.

Edmond Public Schools sent parents information about the incident. Administrators notified them about the precautionary increased law enforcement presence at the school.

“Edmond Police responded yesterday and did not find anything suspicious but we want you to be aware and attentive as you pick up your children today,” the message stated. “Police encourage you to call 911 immediately if you notice anything out of the ordinary. The initial call to police described the man as about 30 years old with varied vehicle descriptions. As a precaution, we will be reminding all students not to talk to strangers when leaving or walking home from school.”

No further suspect description information was available. | 341-2121, ext. 108