Update: ICPD finds 'suspicious man' who approached child near Lemme, says he is no threat to public
IOWA CITY — A day after issuing a warning about a suspicious man approaching a 9-year-old girl outside of Lemme Elementary School, the Iowa City Police Department has issued another release stating that they have found the man involved and they believe he is no danger to the public.
Iowa City police are encouraging parents to talk to their children about safety after receiving a report of a 9-year-old girl being approached by a “suspicious man” Tuesday evening.
According to a police news release, officers received a report a that a suspicious man had approached the girl as she walked from Lemme Elementary School to St. Mark’s Methodist Church on Washington Street at around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police say the girl told them that the man had approached her near the intersection of Washington and Westminster Streets and asked her if she needed a ride home, claiming that he knew his way around the area. The girl was on the phone with her mother at the time and fled from the man, heading to the church.
She reported last seeing the man walking eastbound toward Lemme Elementary School at 3100 E Washington St. Police say the child did not report that the man attempted to grab her. She also did not tell police of a vehicle associated with the suspect.
The suspect is described as a white male of average weight, approximately 5 foot tall, with short blond hair and facial acne. He was wearing a green shirt, red shorts, white ear buds, and a back pack. Police were not able to locate the suspect in the area, according to the release.
Anyone with information about this subject or similar encounters is asked to contact Iowa City Police Detective David Gonzalez at 319-356-5451. For further information on safety for parents and children, police are asking parents to contact the Iowa City Police Department’s Crime Prevention Office at 319-356-5273.