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Man reportedly photographing kids at San Ramon parks

Neighborhood watch groups are spreading the word about a man allegedly photographing children playing at San Ramon parks such as Coyote Creek and Central Park.

"Several moms have seen this man and tried to approach him to see why he would be taking photos of children, but he is very elusive and has either ran away or in one case said that he couldn't understand English," the report said.

Police have been notified and anyone seeing a suspicious person should call 646-2441. The man was described as being white and wearing slacks, loafers, a dress shirt with no tie, sunglasses and very short grayish hair. He is said to be in his late 40s or early 50s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and somewhat stocky.

"I can tell you as a mom that he gave me the creeps," the writer said in an email. "And I 'felt' like he was up to no good."

Comments

Posted by Alamo Dad, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 15, 2010 at 7:13 am

So, am I to believe that the witnesses were able to determine the suspect's height age, and hair color, but couldn't tell us if the suspect was white, black, asian, or Latino? Really? Come on, people, the race in the description is important. Noone is going to accuse your publication of racism for reporting the facts.


Posted by Danville Dad, a resident of Sycamore Valley Elementary School
on Oct 15, 2010 at 7:21 am

Agree with Alamo Dad. It is extremely frustrating to see 'papers' like the Weekly not divulge critical pieces of information tied to the description of a potential predator. Another example of "PC" gone too far. You're not going to offend the readers if you say the person was black, white, hispanic, asian, etc.... C'mon Danville Weekly - grow a spine.


Posted by amom, a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

Saw this WHITE man at Blackhawk Plaza...he was trying to act like he was taking pics of the ducks & trying to get my child in the pic too!!! CREEP!!!


Posted by Alamo Dad, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 15, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thank you, amom. Color me racist, but I assumed this was the case. Why wouldn't Danville Express want to put out every bit of information available-is it more important to you be PC than it is to protect children?


Posted by Danville Mom, a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

Has anyone thought to use their cell phone camera and get a picture of HIM and give to the police?


Posted by Alamo Dad, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

Good thought, Danville Mom. I'd worry that in order to get a useful photo of the guy, you're going to have to get really, really close to the guy. Might be better tactic to use the cell phone to call the police, get them enroute, then sit back and see if you can follow him safely to a vehicle. The police will be able to do more with a license plate number than the typical cellphone pic.


Posted by Emily West, editor of Danville Express
on Oct 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

Emily West is a registered user.

Sorry about leaving his race out. It was an oversight. The report said that hey appeared to be white and I've updated the story.


Posted by judy, a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

did anyone bother to actually read........ he was White !!!!!!


Posted by Barbara, a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Maybe he's a man who loves to photograph children. What a suspicious lot of people there are in this neighborhood! How could he be hurting the children by photographing them? In today's climate, a man is looked at with horror if he takes a little girl upon his knee and hugs and kisses her, even she's his own daughter. A pity.


Posted by Danville resident, a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm

On the news broadcast today, there was a report about a Boy Scout leader in Danville found in possession of child pornography. I thought this might be that story. Why isn't there an article for that!
FYI for why parents are so suspicious--this is why! Parents need to be proactive about protecting their kids and can't rely or assume that the authorities & police aren't going to make mistakes.


Posted by Alamo Dad, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm

@Judy-Did you actually read the post before yours by the author of the story?
@Barbara-Photographing children is fine, but shouldn't this person ask the parents before he does so? And does it bother you at all that this person RUNS AWAY when asked about his activities?


Posted by Diane, a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Alamo Dad: THANK YOU!


Posted by Colleen, a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is important to be aware of things such as this.


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