Suspicious Person in the area of Cottage Grove Middle School: Unknown man offered a 12 years old a ride home (Public Safety)

February 24, 2017
City of Cottage Grove—Department of Public Safety

Peter Koerner, Deputy Director of Public Safety – Police Captain
651-458-2850 or pkoerner@cottage-grove.org

Suspicious Person in the area of Cottage Grove Middle School
Unknown man offered a 12 year old a ride home

On February 23, 2017, at 3:04 p.m., Cottage Grove Police received a call that an unknown man had offered a 12 year old female a ride home. According to the complainant, she was walking home from Cottage Grove Middle School when a pick-up truck pulled over on Indian Blvd near Greg Cloud Elementary. The man asked the girl, “Can I give you a ride home? I don’t live that far from here.” She said the man was persistent with his requests. The girl then ran home and reported the incident to her parents and they called police.

The student described the party as a white male with brown hair and a beard. She believed he was approximately 25-30 years old. She described the vehicle as a dark grey pick-up truck with a flag and eagle decal (approximately 4” x 6”, red, white and blue with eagle in center of the decal), located in the lower left back window.

Officers did check the area and were unable to locate a pick-up matching the description. While officers do regularly patrol our school areas, we are increasing patrols in the area. Cottage Grove Police are working with Cottage Grove Middle School and South Washington County Schools.

When speaking with your children about the incident, we would like to remind parents to offer their children some safety tips:

  • If possible, walk in groups
  • Trust your instincts – if something doesn’t feel right, seek help immediately
  • If a stranger approaches you, you do not have to speak to him or her
  • Never approach a stranger in a motor vehicle. Just keep walking

Any person with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact School Resource Officer Adam Pelton at 651-458-2850.

February 24, 2017
Cc: Case file 117102785