Stranger danger warning issued for Galveston students

January 26, 2010 5:19:27 PM PST
Students in Galveston are being reminded to take precautions around strangers after a man attempted to approach children at school. Around 10am, Galveston Independent School District Police dispatch received a call from GISD administration reporting that a teacher encountered a man who asked to offer students gum at L.A. Morgan Elementary. Chief LeeRoy Amador reported the individual fled towards 35th Street and Broadway after another teacher went to call in the incident. After ramped-up patrols in the area, GISD Police Officer Rickie Hutchinson apprehended the suspect at approximately 11:30 a.m.

"While the individual did not have any contact with students, we want to remind everyone to avoid talking to strangers," said Chief Amador. "If anyone sees anything or anyone suspicious, tell a trusted adult and have them contact the proper authorities. As always, we ask students to stick to high-traffic areas, walk in groups, and walk straight to and from school."

Administrators reported the suspect is an African-American male in his late teens to early twenties with a scar on the right side of his face. They also told police he was wearing a gold-yellow hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

GISD police immediately stepped up patrol efforts in the area as well as at other GISD schools as a precautionary measure and eventually apprehended the suspect. He was issued a written warning and told not to trespass on GISD property or face further action.