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Farmington Hills police investigate possible stranger danger incident

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published October 17, 2019

Police are investigating a delayed suspicious person report that occurred at 2:58 p.m. Oct. 14.

According to a press release, two children were walking home from a bus stop together in a subdivision located between 12 Mile and 13 Mile roads, near Parkhill Street and Orchard Lake Road, when an unknown man driving close to them stopped and exited his vehicle and began taking photos of them with his cellphone. 

The children immediately ran home, and the subject then drove away. 

Farmington Hills police Lt. Paul Nicholas said the department has received a few tips since the incident occurred, though “none have panned out yet.” 

The subject, who is described as a white man around age 40 with brown hair and a beard, did not make contact with the children. The suspect reportedly has a large scar on the side of his face,  near his right eye. He was wearing a black, long-sleeve T-shirt during the incident. 

Police believe he was driving a newer, white SUV, possibly a Ford. 

Nicholas said suspicious person reports and stranger danger incidents are “one and the same.” 

“Any odd behavior around a bus stop is concerning, and taking pictures of children after they get off the bus is obviously concerning,” he said. “We’d certainly like to talk to this gentleman and find out what his intentions were (or) why he was doing that.” 

“There certainly could be (elements of a crime). Again we’d have to talk with this gentleman and find out what was going on there. The children thought he was taking pictures of them, and there’s a possibility there could have been some criminal intent there, (or) it could be completely innocent and the children misinterpreted it,” Nicholas said. “It’s difficult to tell unless we were to talk to him and get information on what he was doing.” 

Farmington Hills detectives are increasing patrols in this area as they actively investigate the incident. The department hasn’t received reports of any incidents similar to this one. 

Nicholas said it’s important for people to call the department and report suspicious activity immediately so police personnel can get to the scene and, hopefully, contact the reported person before they leave the scene. Although reports of the incident came days after the incident occurred, he doesn’t think it has hindered the investigation. 

“We certainly can still keep an eye out for this vehicle and search for this person,” he said. “The department would like folks to keep their eyes open and watch for suspicious vehicles or activity like this and report it right away by calling 911.” 

Anyone with information in relation to this incident should notify police by calling (248) 871-2610.