City of Falls Church Police say the incident occurred at the intersection of S. Spring St. and Jackson St. around 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 when three students walking to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School were approached by an adult male. The man held up his cell phone and said “Pose,” and then took a photo of the children. He then continued walking toward S. West St.
The students notified school officials immediately and then police canvassed the area. The suspicious person was described as a 40 to 50 year old Asian male wearing a black and white zip up sweater, black sweatpants, and white ear phones.
“I’m proud that the students trusted their instincts and went directly to school officials,” F.C. Police Chief Mary Gavin said in a press release. “That’s what I hope all children and teens do if something doesn’t seem quite right: tell an adult or police as soon as you can.”
Gavin encourages parents and guardians to review safety practices with their children and teens. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a number of resources online at www.missingkids.com/theissues.
Anyone with information about this specific incident should contact the City of Falls Church Police at 703-248-5053 (TTY 711) or firstname.lastname@example.org.