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Updated: Suspicious Man in Hanover Area Claiming to be a School Official

The Buffalo School District issued a statement today regarding a suspicious man in the Hanover area.

Updated 7:51 a.m.

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office did confirm that the gentleman who approached the home in the Bridges of Hanover development Thursday was a black male. A sketch and further description is not currently available.

While the description of the individual may seen generic, Sgt. Michaelson warned the importance of calling the police if something is suspicious. "If someone is knocking on your door claiming to be from the school district, call the police regardless of description," he said.

Original Friday 10:26 p.m.

The Buffalo School District sent out a district wide statement today regarding a report of a suspicious man in Hanover on Thursday afternoon. More specifically, the Bridges of Hanover development. The man approached a home and told the family he was from the school district, even issuing an id and wanted to speak to any students in the household. The family did not oblige but instead informed the school district.

Here is the statement:

It was brought to our attention that a house, in the Bridges of Hanover area, was visited yesterday by a man (approximately 5’6”, 140-150
lbs., wearing a plaid/checkered shirt) claiming to be a district representative. He wanted to speak with the students living there. The man supposedly presented an id badge of some sort, but the man was turned away from the home, unsuccessful in his efforts to speak with the children.

This was not a district representative of BHM Schools or any other surrounding district that we know of. Typically districts do not send people out to random homes to make “house calls.” While this incident may be isolated, we wanted to make you aware of this situation, in case it should
happen again. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department has been notified of this incident. If you encounter a similar situation, you can report it by calling the non-emergency number for the Hennepin County Sheriff Office at 763-525-6216.

If you live in St. Michael or Albertville and see a man of this description approaching homes and asking to speak with students, please contact the Wright County Sheriff Office at (763) 682-1162.

Lisa July 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM
And, I don't feel ignorance is defined as disagreeing with another's opinion.
Mom July 27, 2012 at 02:37 PM
A man with the same description was reported attempting to abduct a boy in my neighborhood in St. Michael yesterday. NO ONE can EVER be to careful! Luckily, this boy started yelling and went to the home he was at. We are now all living in fear in our neighborhood. Could this be the same person, maybe...maybe not...however, everyone at all times needs to be aware of what is out there.
Curtis Pottenger September 10, 2012 at 07:02 PM
It seems the residents like to embellish there reports to the police with false details if they do not approve of the color or sexual preference of the visitor. I wish i could give the benefit of doubt to Bridges at Hanover but that was never afforded to my friend and I. The police never took a statement from me and I was the only person who could truly account for every minute of my friends visit. I am truly disappointed in everything that happened that night and 3 out of the four people reporting the incident were police officers. Yes, David Johnson was acting in the capacity of a concerned neighbor but, if this is an example of how our police actions on and off duty, I am concerned for my safety while staying in this community. Curtis Pottenger
Curtis Pottenger September 10, 2012 at 07:08 PM
if you could publish the other submissions prior to this it would be greatly appreciated but if you can not then to sum up my experience with The Bridges at Hanover: Lack of street lights and the ignorance of some of the residents over racial and sexual preferences makes me question the reports and motives of these residents
Katie September 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Who said anything about the sexual preference of this person? If by that you are referring to his interest in school aged children, then NO, we do not approve. Embellishment comes in many forms, like adding to a report what wasn't there to begin with.

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