Update: No bad intentions in Sherman School encounter

Thursday, April 10, 4:30 p.m.: Police said this afternoon there is no evidence of any “bad intentions” in an exchange reported by a student walking home from Sherman School.

A boy contacted police saying he was twice approached by a man offering him a ride during his walk home Wednesday, April 9.

A parent approached police after Thursday’s alert was issued and said he was the man who spoke to the boy. He said he spoke to the boy because he was riding his skateboard in traffic, police said, but denied offering the boy a ride.

The man was “completely cooperative,” police said, and provided photos of himself and his vehicle, which the boy identified.

“There was no evidence that the male subject had any bad intentions,” police said.

Thursday, April 10, 1 p.m.: A Sherman School student told police than a man in a van followed him and offered him a ride home Wednesday, April 9, according to a notice sent to school parents Thursday, April 10.

The man was described as white, 40 to 50 years of age, with gray hair, wearing black glasses. He was driving a black Honda, possibly a Civic.

The boy told police the man offered him a ride near Sherman School. He said the man then followed him from the school and asked a second time near the fence at the corner of Quincy Street and Fox Street. According to police, the boy said he had never previously seen the man and was unable to provide further description of the man or the vehicle.

Surrounding patrols checked the area but were unable to find a man or vehicle fitting the description.

An officer will be stationed near Sherman School at dismissal Thursday, police said.

Police said parents and school staff should remind children:

• That they should walk home in a group or with a buddy;

• They should use routes that are busier, more open and well illuminated;

• They should always avoid strangers attempting to engage them in a conversation;

• They should never approach a strange vehicle;

• They should immediately tell an adult they trust if they think the have been followed.

Police asked residents to report any suspicious people vehicles or activity they observe.

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