Police seek man seen near school bus stop

Odd behavior believed tied to August crime

January 17, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

Howard County police announced yesterday they are searching for a suspicious man who was seen Tuesday driving slowly past a middle school bus stop in the Glenwood area.

Police believe the lone white male with dark hair could be the same person who exposed himself to three girls, ages 10, 11 and 13, in late August.

In both cases, the vehicle involved was described as a beat-up, faded red or maroon Ford pickup truck with the rear license tag covered by a cloth.

During the incident Tuesday, a man slowly drove past children at the bus stop three times, but he did not stop, approach anyone or expose himself, police said.

"No crime was committed yesterday," said county police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. "We just have suspicious circumstances."

Llewellyn said parents called police after their children told them about the man in the pickup truck.

In August, a man slowed near the 2800 block of Hunt Valley Drive and the 3100 block of Longfield Road, exposed himself and then sped away.

The principals of Bushy Park Elementary and Glenwood Middle schools issued identical letters Tuesday afternoon warning parents about the man.

"Administrators here are very prompt to get the word out to parents," said Glenwood Middle School PTA President Laura Mettle. "Parents are always concerned when they hear something like this."

Llewellyn said police did not initially spread word of the incident Tuesday "because we don't publicize noncrimes," Llewellyn said.

Police stepped up their patrols of the Glenwood area after the August incident and have done so again since Tuesday, Llewellyn said.

Mettle said the incident serves as a reminder to parents to watch their children.

"This kind of thing is everywhere," she said. "It's sad that you have to worry about it, but you do."

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