Alexandria, VA: From a country gone crazy with mandemonium (pandemonium sparked by seeing a man near a child) comes this all points bulletin, below. Notice that while “At no time did the unknown man attempt to leave the area with the child,” the police nonetheless give a detailed description of the suspect…er…Samaritan…er…suspect. And they are looking for leads.
What are they going to charge him with? Attempted kindness? Doesn’t he know better than to act like a decent human being?
Investigate Incident at Lyles-Crouch Elementary School
For Immediate release: May 20, 2015
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred earlier today involving a six-year-old student at Lyles-Crouch Elementary, 530 S. Saint Asaph Street.
At approximately 10:15 a.m., a male student went to the edge of a fenced playground to retrieve a ball on the other side. The student was approached by an unknown man who lifted him over the fence to retrieve the ball. A teacher saw the child being picked up and challenged the stranger, at which point the man escorted the student to a fence opening to re-enter the playground. The unknown man then left the area. At no time did the unknown man attempt to leave the area with the child.
The man is described as a black male in his 60’s, 6’0” tall, wearing a beige and green shirt and khakis.
The Criminal Investigations Section is continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Alma Zepeda at 703.746.1961.
And thanks to Julie Gunlock, author of “From Cupcakes to Chemicals,” for sending this! – L
UPDATE: While we’re at it, this story from Philly.com just came in. I think you’ll see the connection:
‘Suspicious’ photographer near kids just doing his job.Some people thought the man with a camera and white SUV, snapping photos near school bus stops in Bucks County, seemed suspicious..So they called police..But, it turns out, the mystery photographer wasn’t the predator the concerned callers feared….The man is a property inspector, and was working for banks to report on the status of mortgages….And for future reference: The man told police he generally is in Newtown Township twice a month to take photos of properties there.