Update: Thursday, July 14, 2011
Shortly after 6 p.m. the man taken in for questioning returned to his truck parked at Lincoln Park.
In Spanish, the man said he doesn't frequent the park. He also said he doesn't remember being at the Lincoln Park on Wednesday around 7 p.m.
It was Wednesday just before 7 p.m. that an alert citizen called police and said a man was seen approaching two kids. The witness got a detailed description of the blue pick up truck with a red, white, and blue tailgate.
When police arrived, the two girls, ages 7 and 11, said a man offered to give them stuffed animals and jewelry, not once, but twice.
"They also disclosed that this individual, a couple of weeks, previously had exposed himself to them and had done so by enticing them into his vehicle again with jewelry," said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police.
A KAKE news team was doing a follow-up report on the case when a truck matching the police description parked in front of Lincoln Park. Our team alerted Wichita Police. When officers arrive, they started questioning the man.
Wichita Police are not talking about today's developments. They only said he is a person of interest and was not arrested.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Police have taken a person of interest in for questioning in connection with the “Stranger Danger” case at Lincoln Park.
Police were searching for a man after two children said he tried to lure them into his vehicle at a South Wichita park Wednesday. The man was first noticed by an alert citizen at Lincoln Park near Lincoln and Topeka.
A KAKE News crew was at Lincoln Park reporting on the story when a truck matching the suspect's vehicle pulled up in the area. Police officers arrived moments later and started questioning the man in a patrol car.
Officers say that the man “has NOT been arrested” but has voluntarily been taken in for questioning.
Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte said that a citizen claimed to see the unidentified man approach two kids, 7 and 11, and try to give them several items.
When officers responded, they man was gone, but they found the two children and began asking questions.
"They (children) told us the man offered to give them some stuffed animals and jewelry," Nolte said, "and that he exposed himself to them last week in the same park."
Nolte commended the alert citizen for calling 911 based on his instinct that the situation did not seem right.
"He provided great information about the suspect and the vehicle he was driving," Nolte said.
The suspect was reportedly a Hispanic male, 35 to 40 years-old, wearing a a plaid shirt, blue jeans and a red hat. He was driving an early 80's blue Ford pickup truck. Part of the license tag had the numbers 717 on it, but the citizen could not see the rest of the tag.
The blue Ford truck might also be easily recognizable, considering it had a white stripe on the side of it and a red, white and blue tailgate.
If you have any information, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously at (316) 267-2111. If your tip leads to an arrest or conviction, you will be eligible for a cash reward.