SAGINAW, Mich. – Saginaw Police have announced the arrest of a suspect in a string of four recent stranger danger incidents near school bus stops.
Police say a 43-year-old Saginaw man was taken into custody and charged with accosting a child for immoral purposes.
The man has not yet been identified pending arraignment.
Saginaw schools sent a letter home to parents making them aware of the incidents.
All four separate incidents were reported in January and took place in the early morning during the time children travel to school.
The first incident occurred on Jan. 11 at approximately 7:10 am on Madison near N. Bond.
A female student and her brother were walking separately from one another when an unknown man reportedly approached and tried to grab her.
The female ran to her brother and the subject fled the area.
A second incident occurred on Jan. 15 at approximately 6:47 am on N. Bond near Reed. A female student was walking when an unknown man exited from a light colored four-door vehicle and began to chase her, police say.
The student managed to get to the bus.
In the third incident happening on Jan. 15 at approximately 6:55 am on S. Elm near Division, four female students were waiting for the bus when they observed a man standing across the street behind a tree.
According to police, girls thought this to be suspicious and went back to one of their homes and notified a parent.
The fourth incident occurred on 1/25/19 at approximately 8:00 am on Mackinaw near S. Mason. Two female students were waiting at a bus stop when they observed a man make a lewd gesture as he drove past in a light-colored vehicle.
The females walked away and he followed them.
Police say the subject reportedly drove past them again this time exposing his genitals.
“Detective Graves worked tirelessly on this case following up on any and every lead. Assistance from the public and good old fashion police work played a large role in tracking down this individual.” said Detective Sergeant Lopez.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and that anyone with information on any of the above incidents is urged to call Detective Graves at 989-759-1761.