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AACo park suspicious man had no criminal intent

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 11:19:11-04

Anne Arundel County Police said the suspicious person reported at a playground Wednesday was a misunderstanding.

Police located the suspect Thursday evening. The man was sitting on a bench, not far from the park, waiting for his adult son. He didn't speak English, according to police, so detectives spoke to him through an interpreter.

The man explained that, on the night in question, he was at the park waiting for his adult son to get off work so the two could return home together.

He explained to police that a child did speak to him, but he didn't know what the boy was saying because he didn't understand English.

After their investigation, detectives determined the man had no criminal intent and that the incident was a misunderstanding. The child’s family has been notified.

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Police were alerted Wednesday that an “elderly male” had approached children playing in the park Tuesday. The initial report said one parent noticed that a child appeared to be following the subject toward the parking lot area and retrieved the child.

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