LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin Police Department has identified the suspicious man in a white van that was reported by a 15-year-old girl, and no criminal charges are pending.
The Lufkin Police Department posted the news on its Facebook page Tuesday morning. According to the post, LPD officers made contact with the man.
"We would like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter," the Facebook post stated.
A press release stated that Lufkin Police took a report from a 15-year-old girl about a suspicious-acting man in a white van Monday afternoon.
The girl told officers that while she was waiting at a bus stop off Keltys Street near Weaver Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Monday, a Hispanic man who appeared to be 20 to 30 years old stopped and asked her if she needed a ride. After the girl told the man "no," he asked her again, the press release stated.
When the girl told the man "no" a second time, he drove away, made the block, and came again to ask the girl a third time, the press release stated. At that point, he girl pulled out her cell phone and photographed the man in his van. He then allegedly sped away.
According to the press release, the girl said she did not know the man. However, she said that she believes that she has seen him driving around the neighborhood before.
"This man may not have had ill intentions toward the girl, but we believe any parent would find his behavior to be concerning," said Jessica Pebsworth, a spokeswoman for the Lufkin Police Department. "We applaud the girl for her quick thinking in getting a photo of him, which resulted in him leaving her alone
The Lufkin Police Department is urging parents to discuss safety precautions like being aware of one's surroundings at all times or using the buddy system with their children. The press release stated that this is especially important during the summer months when children may find themselves more without adult supervision.