Update: Deputies Nab 15-Year-Old Following Kids, Offering Them Candy
Set Up Surveillance At School Bus Stop
Omaha, NE - Sarpy County investigators nabbed a 15-year-old for scaring kids--and putting an entire school district on alert.
Captain Monty Daganaar tells Action 3 News that deputies set up surveillance in the Millard Highlands South neighborhood after hearing reports that a teen was following Sandoz Elementary and Millard Central Middle School students after they were dropped off at their bus stops. They used three patrol cars and four unmarked cars--and caught the teen in the act.
He is a student in the Millard School district but isn't being named because he's a juvenile. Investigators say he admitted to wanting to scare the kids as a "prank," but never intended to abduct anyone.
He's been arrested for misdemeanor disturbing the peace.
Principals from a number of Millard schools had been warning kids--and their parents--to watch out for a man following children in recent days.
Emails sent to parents said there were three "similar" incidents of students being approached by a teenage white male following them and offering them candy.
In one incident, a Central Middle School student reported the teen following his school bus.
In a second, two Central Middle School students reported being approached by the stranger.
In a third incident, two students from Sandoz Elementary reported the stranger coming up to them.
Emails to parents described the stranger as a "teenage white male with blonde hair in a white pickup truck" who approached the kids after they were dropped off in their neighborhoods at the end of the day. The warning says, "The teen offered candy but the children wisely ran away." Bus drivers "are aware" and have been told to be on alert.
Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, firstname.lastname@example.org