Police keep watch for suspicious man

Local News

RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — Police are on high alert after a concerning call from a local school Friday.

Extra police will be at Pleasant Acres Elementary School this week, working to keep people safe and their minds at east.

Two kids were walking home from school when they saw a man running toward them. They say they saw him come from between the houses on Harper Drive. Before he was able to get too close, he veered into a cornfield.

The students told staff who then called police. Authorities thought the behavior was suspicious since it happened at dismissal time, so they increased patrols and will continue to do so until the end of the week.

Even if the report doesn’t amount to a threat, they say they will never take anything like this lightly.

“Just in case this person shows back up, we can get out and talk ot him, kind of figure what’s going on with this person. If it’s something we need to look into further, but also just to provide that peace of mind that we’re out there and we’re going to be in the area.”

He says, since the report came in, there haven’t been any more reports or complaints. In spite of that, keeping students and staff safe is their priority.

The person is described as white, bearded, wearing a camouflage coat and military boots. Anyone with information should call police.

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