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Stranger Danger

Rochester, Minn. (KTTC)--While school bus safety is a concern for parents, another concern is their safety when walking home from school. One mother's worst nightmare nearly came true earlier this week, when her child was followed home.

An important reminder for parents and students to be aware of their surroundings came after a 10-year-old girl says she was followed home Tuesday after school.

Investigators say the girl noticed a guy following her as she got off the school bus around 4 p.m. on the 4200 block of Mallard Place Southeast.

The girl says the man followed her across the street and up her driveway. He continued to stand there after she went into the house and locked the doors. Situations like this is why there was a safety fair at Pinewood elementary today.

Fire Fighter Holly Mulholland said, "Today we're showing them the truck, shown them some of the tools we have, talking to them about what we do. And then we're also talking to them about some of the fire evacuation plans for their homes, the stop, drop and roll and seatbelt safety because we are showing them the extrication tools that we have on the engine."

Pinewood Elementary students eagerly participated in the safety fair and were taught multiple safety lessons that could save them from instances like this one.

Deputy Paul Gilman gave advice to the students saying, "They shouldn't talk to strangers and if they're approached by a stranger they should walk away or run away and go to another adult they trust or a place they know is safe like at home or a friends house.

During the Safety Fair, Deputy Gilman also gave the kids an inside look into his squad car, showed them everyday equipment and explained his duties as a deputy.

Student Gavin Pike talked about stranger danger and what he has learned, "Stay with your group, so you don't get stolen by a bad person."

The suspect in Tuesdays incident is described as a 65-year-old Somali man, wearing a tan hat, trench coat and blue shirt. He is around 5'7" and weighs approximately 160 pounds.

Police are sking if you have any information on who this man may be, please call our KTTC Safe City tipline at 507-328-6888.




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