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Police still searching for suspicious man

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Brazil City Police officials confirmed Tuesday that the investigation is ongoing nearly one week after a suspicious person approached four students at Eastside Elementary School.

"We're still investigating," BPD Capt. Dave Archer told The Brazil Times. "We're still checking out all the leads."

According to reports, a man motioned to four girls during recess hours at the school on Oct. 3. The man stood behind an area fence and motioned for the girls to come to him.

School representatives said the girls shook their heads no and immediately confirmed the incident to school officials.

After talking to each of the students individually, school officials called police. Archer also spoke to the girls upon arrival.

Archer said police officials schedule talks with students at all the area schools throughout the year regarding how to handle situations like what happened at Eastside.

"The schools call us," he said, adding the discussions take place at least twice a year.

He said other students in the area have an opportunity to learn a valuable lesson regarding how the four Eastside students handled the situation.

"If a stranger approaches them, they don't want to spend time talking to them," Archer said. "Everybody needs to be aware of what is going on around them. If somebody looks out of place, it's worth questioning."

Archer said the children gave a good description of the person, saying it was a tall male with long, shoulder-length black hair. They said the man had a full beard to his chest and wore all black clothing. They also said he was smoking a cigar.

As a result of the Oct. 3 incident, BPD increased patrols around all city schools and will continue to do so until the investigation concludes.

"We're not ready to give up on this," Archer said. "It may be nothing, but we want to make sure the (children) are safe in our area."

According to Archer, no other school has reported such an incident so far.

"I think that has to do with our increased patrols," he said. "If there are police cars in the area, people are not going to do anything."

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