“No unlawful intent:” Grafton police identify man who tried getting kids into his truck at Lime Kiln Park

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Grafton Police Department

GRAFTON — Grafton police have identified and spoken with a man they were seeking after a suspicious incident Monday afternoon, July 10th at Lime Kiln Park.

The park is located on S. Green Bay Road near Falls Road.

Police said around 1:30 p.m., kids between the ages of 11 and 13 were fishing when they were approached by a man in his mid-to-late 40s, driving a newer blue Dodge Ram full-sized pickup truck.

According to police, the man initially offered to help the kids fix a tangled fishing pole. When they declined, the man offered to take them to a better fishing location, and told them they should get into the back of his truck. They declined, and he then offered to take them to his daughter’s favorite fishing location. They again declined, and the man got into his truck and left.

Police noted the man “made no attempts or advances towards the children, and left the area without further incident.”

In an update Wednesday, July 12th, police said the man was identified via information received from the community, and he was interviewed by police. Police said the investigation has not revealed any inappropriate or unlawful intent or motives. Police say the man indicated he was “sincerely trying to help the kids by showing them a better/easier location to fish,” and he said “after he left, he realized his actions may have seemed inappropriate, given the circumstances.”

He was counseled on approaching children he’s not familiar with.

A background check did not reveal any similar issues, police said.