Police: Suspicious incident at Wyoming school a ‘misunderstanding’

Posted at 7:51 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 23:05:33-05

WYOMING, Mich. — Police are investigating after a man who went to a Wyoming elementary school and attempted to pick up three children using names on a piece of paper.

Police said a man went to San Juan Diego Catholic Academy, located at 1650 Godfrey Ave., and asked to pick up three children. He had a piece of paper with three names written on it.

Wednesday night, police said the incident was a “misunderstanding of sorts,” and have accounted for all of the children.

School staff recognized two of the names as middle school students, but didn’t know the third. When a staff member questioned the man, he left abruptly.

Earlier Wednesday, investigators hadn’t been able to find a connection between the man, the school and the family of the children. The family said they don’t know who the man is, and they didn’t have a plan to have anyone else pick up their children.

The subject is described as a dark-skinned Hispanic man in his early 50s, standing 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-4, weighing 250 pounds, being clean-shaven and having acne scars on his face. He was wearing a tan jacket and blue jeans at the time of the incident.

Police said he was driving a green minivan with a broken passenger side rear taillight that likely had a bridge-styled license plate. The vehicle has a piece of silver trim down the side with silver hub caps and tinted rear windows.