Police seeking to identify suspicious males at Milton elementary school

Published October 20, 2021 at 2:42 pm

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is seeking the public’s assistance to identify three suspicious males that were observed interacting with young children at a Milton elementary school on two occasions.

Police say on Friday, October 15, 2021, between 10:55 a.m. and 11:35 a.m., a male was seen parked in a vehicle on Clark Boulevard near the soccer fields of Hawthorne Village Public School.

According to police, the male, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was possibly photographing children with his phone.

On Monday, October 18, 2021, between 10:55 a.m. and 11:35 a.m., police say the same male was seen again, this time parked in the same area in a vehicle that had two other male passengers.

Police say the driver of the male offered candy to a young child and that one of the passengers was possibly photographing children in the area during this interaction.

The males then left the area in the vehicle when they were approached by school staff.

According to police, witnesses describe the male driver as approximately 21 years old with dark short hair.

The male passenger in the second incident is described by witnesses as a white male who was wearing a black shirt with a white snake-like pattern on the sleeves, police say. The second male passengers’ description was not obtained.

According to police, the vehicle was described as a mid-sized, four-door, black Mercedes with tinted black windows.

Police are looking to identify this male driver and passengers and are asking that anyone with information, or anyone with security or dash-cam footage from the area of the school on the above dates, contact Detective Mark Brewster of the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2420.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Parents are reminded to have discussions with their children about the dangers of interacting with strangers.

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