Boulder police warn parents about suspicious men approaching children

2 separate incidents reported, no one hurt

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police are warning parents about a suspicious man or men who may be trying to approach school-age children.

Two separate incidents have been reported, according to police. No one was hurt in either incident.

In the first incident, investigators said a 7-year-old boy and his 6-year-old sister were walking home from Whittier Elementary on Monday, November 5. They told police they were startled by a man in the area of 24th and Spruce. The boy said the man did not attempt to contact them or follow them, but he reported that he believed the man might have been carrying a gun and/or a knife. The children ran away and told their mother.

The children describe the man as a dark-skinned white man, about 30 years old, with an average build.  He was wearing a dark-colored baseball hat with a smiley face emblem.

A second incident was reported in a shopping center located in the 600 block of S. Broadway Monday afternnon.  A 12-year-old boy told police a man seemed to be following him and attempting to make eye contact with him.  The boy went to a nearby store to call his mother to come pick him up.

He described the suspect as a dark-skinned white man, with short, dark hair.  He appeared to be in his 20s, and was wearing an olive-green colored hoodie and a dark blue baseball hat.

Extra patrol and traffic officers are patrolling around Southern Hills Middle School, the Table Mesa Shopping Center, Whittier Elementary School and the area of the park on Folsom between Spruce and Pearl, where the first incident occurred.

Boulder police officers are asking anyone who sees a man matching the descriptions to call 911 immediately to report his location.

Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.