Recess canceled after man seen lurking near Chesterfield school playground

Posted at 12:40 AM, Oct 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-15 00:41:56-04

CHESTERFIELD, Va. -- Monday's recess at Marguerite Christian School was canceled, apparently because of a camera.

"A whole bunch of commotion going on at school about it.  No one could go outside," said fourth grader Meshalle Clark.   “A man was taking pictures of kids outside on the field.”

But police can't really say if the man snapped any photos and an investigation as to who he was and why he was there is underway.

Chesterfield Police describe the man as a white male, in his 20's with blonde hair.  They say he was wearing grey pants and a red shirt with white sleeves.

Police say school administrators approached the unknown male, who then took off on foot down Broadbill Drive, taking a left on Southcreek.

"That makes him look guilty by running,” said Phillip Hickman, a parent of a student.  “I just can't imagine it happening here."

Parents say they got a call from the school system Tuesday morning, alerting them to the incident.  Police say they put an extra police presence at the elementary school.

Little Meshalle says she saw them.  “The police were outside, making sure nothing was going on," she said.

Hickman says he's had safety conversations with his son, and says dad’s little helper knows what to do if a stranger approaches.

"It's just concerning,” said Hickman.  “Quite a few kids that live back here, go to that school."

Police say they're not even sure the mystery man has done anything criminal, but would like to speak with him about why he was at the school with what looked like a camera.