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Police Investigate Suspicious Man Reports

March 5, 2012, 4:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Police Investigate Suspicious Man Reports
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Sioux Falls Police remain on high alert around schools following reports of a suspicious man attempting to lure children to his vehicle.  The incidents happened outside Discovery Elementary Thursday morning and Lowell Elementary Friday morning.

Two kids, two schools, two days and one story.  Sioux Falls police are investigating two cases where they believe a man drove up to a child and asked if they wanted a ride.  Now, police officers are on the lookout and paying extra attention to school zones.

"We have detectives that are working to figure out who this person is and why they were questioning these kids and asking them for a ride," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.

In both cases, the suspect was described as a white man in his 50s with grey hair and beard. Each time police say he tried to get the child to come to his car.  One report says he had a black car; the other report is of a white car. Police received both reports Friday morning, even though the first incident happened Thursday morning.

"It's one of those time sensitive things that the sooner we get the information, the faster we can respond to that and maybe prevent something from happening," Clemens said.

Now, the police department is reminding parents to talk with their kids about stranger danger, and if something like this happens, get to a trusted adult and make a report to police as fast as possible.

"At this point, we don't know if there's any malice that was intended, but we're going to do what we can on our end to make sure kids are safe and make sure nothing happens," Clemens said.

But until all questions on this case are answered, police are asking everyone to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

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