Report of 'stranger danger' at Juneau high school prompts investigation

The Juneau Police Department is investigating a report of suspicious activity at a Juneau high school after an adult male contacted a 14-year-old high school student and offered him a ride home. Police said the student did not know the man.

According to a statement from JPD spokeswoman Erann Kalwara, the man was parked on the side of the roadway in a black Jeep with the windows rolled down, made a “come here” motion with his finger and offered to give the student a ride. The student ended the conversation and safely left the area, according to police. The release did not specify which high school the student attended.

Police were notified of the incident at about 10:20 a.m. Friday and two officers responded to the area. Kalwara said the student provided “enough descriptive information” for officers to identity a person of interest.

Officers then contacted a 48-year-old man at his Mendenhall Valley residence to ask him about his involvement, Kalwara said. Police said the investigation into the incident is continuing and that the police department is consulting with the city attorney’s office about how to proceed.

An Empire inquiry requesting further detail was unanswered as of press time.


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