SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk police are increasing patrols near school bus stops after a female student reported an interaction with a suspicious stranger Tuesday morning.
The student, who attends Nansemond River High School, said the incident happened as she was walking to the bus stop at Old College Drive and Camellia Drive. She said a man driving a tan Chevy Blazer stopped and repeatedly asked if she would like a ride to school or to go get something to eat.
The student continued on to her bus and reported the interaction to the bus driver, according to Bethanne Bradshaw with Suffolk Public Schools. Police and school administrators were alerted.
Tim Kelly, with Suffolk police, said there was no criminal activity — the girl was not touched and there was no attempted abduction. However, officers will be monitoring school bus stops in that area as a precaution.
Kelly said the stranger was described as a black man with a grey beard, wearing a red shirt. He’s said to be between 40 and 50 years of age.
Bradshaw said letters about the incident were sent home with students at six nearby schools and a telephone message as sent to about 5,000 families Tuesday afternoon.