MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) — Mayfield Heights police have identified the man accused of trying to lure elementary students into his car after school on Tuesday.
It happened around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the area of Bellingham Road and Ascot Road, as two Lander Elementary School students were walking home from school.
According to police, the kids were approached by a man who asked them if he could give them a ride home, putting his hand on one of their shoulders.
The students told the man, “no,” and he went back into his car and drove away, police say.
After hearing of the incident, the kids’ parents reported it to Mayfield Heights Police and school administrators.
City officers interviewed the suspect on Wednesday, according to a news release. He told officers he was in the area to pick up his daughter from an aftercare program at the elementary school. Detectives confirmed he was there to pick up his daughter.
Once the police investigation is complete, the case will be forwarded to prosecutors, who will determine whether to file charges, according to the Wednesday release.