A man who walked into Bridges, a special education center in Andover, Tuesday and asked to see floor plans for another school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District has been identified.
The man wanted to see a floor plan for the Crossroads West Alternative High School in Champlin, according to Mary Olson, communications director for the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
Shortly after an alert message was sent to staff, Olson said after looking at a picture of the man, he was identified by staff as someone who regularly attends Anoka-Hennepin’s School Board meetings.
Last week a man matching his description had also been reportedly watching children on the playground at Crooked Lake Elementary School in Andover. When approached, he left on a bicycle, according to the alert Olson sent to district staff.
A man with a similar description was also seen observing children at Sunshine Park, near Andover Elementary School.
“We don’t have any pictures of that, so we can’t be absolutely sure it was him,” said Olson. “But the descriptions are very similar.”
The man was described as a grey-haired white male in his early 50s, 5 feet 7 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds. He was seen wearing torn jeans and a plaid shirt, and appeared somewhat dusty, according to Olson.
The school district is working with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office to take appropriate action, she said.
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