Tips identify neighbor as man who offered a child a ride home from school; no criminal charges

LOVELAND, Colo. - Deputies have identified and interviewed the man who scared a 13-year-old girl on Tuesday when he offered her a ride home from school.

The girl told investigators a man driving a car followed her as she walked home from Carrie Martin Elementary School in Loveland and then offered her a ride, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

The girl ran into the school and the car left.

Deputies said tips from the public helped identify a nearby neighbor.

The man told deputies he thought he was being helpful.

"After speaking with the girl, her parents and the man, investigators determined that while the action caused the 13 year old concern, the gesture of offering a ride does not rise to the level of being criminal," sheriff's spokesman John Schultz said in a news release.

Deputies said the girl did the right thing and reminded parents to talk to their children about what they should do if approached by a stranger. Children should run away immediately and notify a responsible adult about the encounter.

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