ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany police are investigating an incident in which a male approached a group of children on South Pearl Street.
On Friday October 25th at about 7:50 a.m., officers responded to the bus stop located at South Pearl Street and Rensselaer Street near Giffen Memorial Elementary School for a report of an adult male who inappropriately approached a group of school aged children.
"I was walking my daughter to school this morning and this guy just picked her up like a father would his child," said Joshua Jackson, who said he immediately grabbed his daughter away from the man.
Veronica Butler, a crossing guard at the intersection of Rensselaer and South Pearl, said she has seen the man a number of times.
"About three weeks ago he was here passing out balloons. He is only 18 himself and might have mental issues," said Butler. "That isn't here or there. I'm just glad he's off the street."
Albany Police will only say they did stop someone who matched the man's description and that the investigation is still underway.
Butler says it was her duty to immediately report the man's bizarre behavior to police.
"I do this to make sure everyone is safe. Women, children -- that's what I'm here to do."
The school district sent home a letter to parents on Friday stating that Albany Police are investigating the matter.
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