Stranger Alert at North Beach Elementary

North Beach Elementary School (map) has issued a warning to parents about a stranger who has been hanging out around campus.  Some parents forwarded an email (seen below) from the school to MyBallard.

Today (Tuesday), the Caucasian man, about 5’6”, scruffy beard, brown hair, riding a shiny, red bicycle, approached a child while with her family, asking if she would like a toy out of his box.  The parents of course intervened.  Parents came to office and were instructed to call police. Police were called and did not come because the man was gone.

After lunch was over, a student reported running to the fence to retrieve a ball when the bell rang.  The man (who was on the other side of the fence) asked him a question about how to get in the building at night.  Families from North Beach have also had this man near their homes or on their porch.

The principal at North Beach says security from Seattle Schools is aware of this man, who also matches the description of a man hanging out near Loyal Heights School.  Staff at North Beach is said to be on “red alert,” and parents are asked to use all necessary precautions when dropping off their children.


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Thanks for the heads-up! And thanks MUCH to the parent who forwarded the email!!

Stupid Hippie
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This is Seattle, we're supposed to be compassionate…let's give him a hug.

BallardAcademy
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A man matching this description has been around our studio recently, and has definitely given us the heebie jeebies. Thankfully a one of the parents of our students gave us the heads up about him yesterday as he walked by, and now we know to look out for him and call the cops if needed. He is a very creepy guy. Has anyone looked into registered sex offenders in the area to see if he is one? He came into our studio as we were cleaning up after our open house last week and took some of the balloons we had for decoration. We thought it odd at the time, but now realize he probably wanted to give it to a kid. How horrible.

SC
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SC

Wow, Kudos to NB for releasing this information immediately! Unlike Whittiers previous principal who sat on information like this for 4 months before releasing the information to parents. …

Biff
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Biff

McGinn thinks this is fine and this email forwarded unduly criminalizes

asdf
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No surprise there.

McGinn is a moron.

Edog
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Edog

Well with scraggly hair and bike pandering to kids with shiny toys, the man does fit McGinns description?

What color is McGinn's bike anyway?

Y2chaotic
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Y2chaotic

PLEASE NOTE:

At 2:30pm today at North Beach Elementary is a SCHOOL SAFETY MEETING.
I urge you to attend, even if not a NB parent.

Great to get that letter out, but… not sure if taking as seriously as could.

Y2chaotic
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Y2chaotic

Thank you for alerting us to this!

We were told he is not a REGISTERED sex offender.

Can someone from BallardAcademy come to the Safety Meeting at North Beach Elementary in an hour (how's THAT for last minute notice – apologies!) to fill them in? There have been about seven reported incidents by campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. Getting bolder, seems.

Y2chaotic
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Y2chaotic

“Hour”
= 2:30pm Wednesday, April 21st at North Beach Elementary (corner 24th and 90th)

BallardAcademy
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Last minute is an understatement!! I am going to TRY to make it to the meeting, now only in a half hour, but if I can't get there I am hoping someone can fill us in after wards.

Thanks for posting the meeting info!

ballardmama
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Is the guy always on his bike? That will help id him better. But sans bike there are lots of guys around that medium height with beards – how long is his hair? Is it curly or straight? Would you say he's in his 20's, 30's, 40's? Is he black, white, middle-eastern?

Sorry – I'm getting all paranoid now and just wanted more clarification on the description. Unless of course he's always on his bike then that is a bit more of a give-away.

He might not be a registered sex offender from our neighborhood. I recall a few years ago there was a sex offender from Snohomish County stalking our Ballard elementary schools, so it may just be he's not registered in our county. Besides being creepy about kids does he show any other signs of mental illness like talking to himself or acting like he's hearing voices?

Dave
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>>> “Parents came to office and were instructed to call police. Police were called and did not come because the man was gone.”

WHAT?!?! Hang on… did the police at least take a report or is this guy totally off the hook? I usually feel like there's too much criticizing of the police that goes on in this city, but I hope they are taking this seriously.

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Jim
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Too much criticizing of the police? I don't see much, likely because it's a waste of time. To be fair the Seattle police aren't much worse than average. The typical police officer's response to any request from a citizen is “How do I get out of dealing with this with the least amount of work possible?”

I would think they would come out and drive around a bit looking for the guy. If they find him, of which there is a good chance since he is on a bicycle and not moving fast or going far, they could talk to him, ask for ID, run a check on him, and see what's up. But then I'm a fascist so what do I know.

wontratyourneighbor
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The law protects predators rights over the rights of kids. Let me find this guy in a back alley and I'll handle it the old fashioned way. Quick and swift justice for everyone.

SPG
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…and he communicated this to you how?

Biff thinks this is fine and will be out around the elementary schools this week helping to round up kids for the creepy guys…you won't? But I just imagined it so it must be true!

SPG
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SPG

All right psycho boy! I was wondering how long it would take to get one of those comments.
I'm not thrilled that the cops gave the brush off, but if you started lynching every creep you suspect you'd have to add yourself to the list just based on your comment above.
Thanks to the school for being proactive and getting the word out. Hopefully this attention will get the police to do their job and at least find out if this guy presents a real threat.

wontratyourneighbor
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So you take his picture….call the police…they question him….THEN WHAT? He hasn't broken the law so they let him go. If we're lucky the “watch” him. Then eventually he abducts a child and ?….Meanwhile the cops investigate and investigate…the family is devastated and then a year or so later (if the guy is caught) he stands trial and gets sentenced to community service and counseling. What's wrong with this picture? We know these PERVERTS are going to mess with OUR (community's) kids eventually. Let's lock em up forever or just sentence them to death. The penalty fits the crime don't you think? And yes many offenders may be “mental” but hey whatever happened to “you do the crime you do the time”. Their mental state doesn't make the damage they cause any less. Personally, if someone messed with my kid I would put a bullit in their head and feel better for it. I'd go to trial and chalk it up to “temporary insanity” or some twinkie defense…just the same BS they use to get off. I'd trust a jury any day to do the right thing on this one.

Madmom
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Madmom

Parents!!!

Take back your right to feel comfortable and safe in your surroundings. You pay the taxes, not some quasi-homeless pervert.

If this man is a predator he wants to stay anonymous. If you see him, go up to him, engage him in conversation, ask his name, ask where he lives.

Somewhere along the way we decided that the police had to be called at the slightest sign of trouble. Why? They aren't coming.

So go shine the big bright light of community involvement on this slug and he'll run!! Say it right out loud, “We see you and we know what you're doing and we're not going to tolerate it!”

Stephanie
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Stephanie

I actually saw this guy yesterday morning at the Pitstop gas station on 15th & 58th. He first rode up to an older woman pumping gas who had a white mustang. He was asking her if she would sell it. She must have said no, because he responded, everything is for sale. Then he got in the line at the Knotty Bodies drive through and had 2 tulips to give to the barista. I thought he wasn't so much a pedophile, but someone who was very weird and very socially awkward.

Fred Zeppelin
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What kind of red bike? Seriously, I (and most bike nerds -of which there are many around here) can ID a bike faster than the person riding it, and if you show me a picture of a particular bike I can tell you where I've seen it before (being ridden or just locked up).

Also, in a weird way a bike is more unique and easier to spot than just some random brown-haired guy with a beard.

Nothing wrong with taking a cell-phone pic of this guy if you see him around.

y2chaotic
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y2chaotic

“shiny red bicycle with the word “Next” in black on down tube of the frame”

y2chaotic
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y2chaotic

Here were some confirmed incidents (note: we are only presuming from descriptions that it is the same person, but have been told from NB principal that is same person bothering Loyal Heights Elem in the past): 1. Last Thursday, man was seen urinating with his pants at this ankles (thereby exposing himself) near the south stairs to the school. He made eye contact with a passing grandmother but continued his act. 2. Last Thurs or Friday, man threw football pass to a custodian, trying to engage in activity and conversation but was rebuffed twice. 3. Over the weekend. In Olympic Manor, man circled around 10 year old girl in front yard without parents and gave girl a “present for her mom.” Girl was uncomfortable enough to hide present and not tell parent at first. 4. Monday, man near P2 (on campus actually? not sure) who ran away from an unaccompanied student, aged 11. Teacher went out looking for him, but didn't see him. 5. Tuesday morning, man approached a 4yr old on sidewalk adjacent to north stairs. Refusing to make eye contact with accompanying parents, he asked child to pick a toy from his box. When refused by parents, he… Read more »

just_another_norwegian
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just_another_norwegian

And a liar.

just_another_norwegian
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just_another_norwegian

Well, look at this little detail, passed along from North Beach Elementary (posted by DDF in the forum):

“Seattle Schools Security is aware of this person. He matches the description of the same man who was in the area of Loyal Heights School. They have a person that is working with them to apprehend this person and have a name and numbers. They have been tracking him and do know of one place he has gotten off a bus at night. This is a church known for having people stay that may be homeless.”

Our wonderful “shelters” strike again.

Surprise, surprise, surprise!!!