Tuesday, July 26, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2011
CCSO Responds to Report of Suspicious Man in Neighborhood
Last night at approximately 9pm the CCSO responded to a home on Fleming Island and received information from a family regarding a suspicious man in the neighborhood. As the attached incident/information report explains, an eight year old boy reported that he was walking home when a man in a truck slowed down to speak to him, telling/asking the child to get into the vehicle. The child said no and ran home. A deputy responded to take the report and to make a preliminary search of the neighborhood. No vehicle that matched the description was located at that time. As part of the CCSO's standard procedure when a child is approached in this way by a stranger, a check of the sex offender database was conducted and a search was done for vehicle descriptions that matched the truck described. None was identified/matched.
Today, the CCSO assigned a detective to follow up on the report and to further investigate the incident. The detective determined that the child's report was legitimate and that the described encounter did occur. As with all situations involving the safety of children, this incident is being investigated and taken seriously. However, as described by the witnesses, the incident (the actions of the driver) does not constitute a criminal act by law. The behavior of the man in the truck is, however, considered highly suspicious and worthy of additional investigation. Efforts continue to collect additional information from various residents who think they may have seen the vehicle in the past. If identified and located, CCSO detectives will question the driver and attempt to determine what business, if any, he had in the neighborhood and any potential future concerns or danger that may be posed by this individual.
Out of an abundance of caution, the names of the family members involved have been redacted from the report due to their safety concerns.
If any additional information comes to light regarding this incident, an update will be provided. Residents with personal, first-hand knowledge of any information related to the man or the vehicle described in the attached report are encouraged to contact the CCSO at 904-264-6512.