Man spotted allegedly taking photos of children at bus stop

By: Kayla Dimick, Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published April 24, 2019

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Police are looking into a recent report of a man taking photos of children at a local bus stop.

According to Acting Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, the incident occurred at around 7:30 a.m. April 23 at a Birmingham Public Schools bus stop in the area of Longcrest and Pierce streets.

Loussia said police received the report at around 9:30 a.m. that day from a representative of the Birmingham Public Schools district. The representative told police that they were told by a bus driver that a man appeared to be taking photos of students who were boarding the bus headed for Berkshire Middle School in Beverly Hills.

The suspect is described as a 45-year-old white man who was wearing a brown coat during the incident, Loussia said.

On April 23, district officials sent out a letter to parents alerting them of the incident.

“The Southfield Police Department was alerted, along with surrounding police departments,” school district officials said in the letter. “Our bus drivers were made aware and are staying alert for suspicious activity. We want to remind the community to be alert as well and report suspicious incidents to local authorities.”

Loussia said students are not in any danger following the incident, but police have increased their presence in the area.

“At this point, we do not believe a crime has been committed, but we have stepped up patrols in the area — just as a precaution,” Loussia said. “At this point, there is nothing to be concerned about.”

If students do encounter someone trying to take photos of them, Loussia advises them to call 911 immediately.

“There is no indication that (the suspect) intended to talk to the students or make any contact with them. Nobody was put in any type of danger that day,” Loussia said.

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