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Thursday, April 19 News

Police dismiss 'suspicious' bus stop encounter after man comes forward

An alert issued for a "suspicious man" who reportedly offered a ride to a 13-year-old girl waiting for a school bus Monday morning proved to be unfounded, police said later in the day.

After the encounter was publicized by the media, police announced shortly before 5 p.m. that a man who lives nearby the Apple Tree Trail bus stop, where the incident occurred, had contacted authorities to say that he had seen a teenager waiting for the bus there in the morning's cold, snowy weather.

Since the girl had no umbrella to fend off the harsh conditions, he told police that he approached her and offered to either give her a ride to school or to let her take shelter in his vehicle while waiting for the school bus to arrive.

Police said they determined the man is a resident of the area and that he had no criminal intentions.

The incident had been reported to police by a parent sitting in a nearby car with her children as they waited Monday morning for the same bus as the teenager who was approached by the man.

The man told the girl that he was "living around here," according to the report, and offered to give her a ride to school.

However, the man or his "older, black SUV-type" vehicle could not be located by patrol officers sent to investigate the report.