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Suspicious Man Photographed Kids at Play, Parents Say

The Davidsonville Athletic Association contacted parents, alerting them to a man in a van allegedly taking photos of children on the Davidsonville Park playground last Wednesday.

Update (11:36 a.m.)—The Davidsonville Athletic Association’s (DAA) Board of Directors emailed local parents last Friday after board members said a suspicious man was seen in a minivan allegedly taking photographs of children playing on playground equipment.

According to the email, concerned parents approached the man in the van earlier last week, but he sped out of the parking lot. Parents described the van as  "silver" or "champagne-colored."

The email stated the incident occurred May 16, between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the playground at Davidsonville Park, according to local parent Daniel Waz.

“The unfortunate reality is that we live in a world with undesirables and sometimes they find what they are seeking,” according to the email. “In this particular case, no one was hurt and the police are gathering as much information as they can regarding who this individual was.”

The DAA Board of Directors told parents that police were gathering details from the incident. 

"There is no indication that the subject made contact with the children or spoke to any of the children," Anne Arundel County police spokesman Justin Mulcahy told Patch in an email. "No citizens have filed a report and this is the only incident we are aware of at this time."

Mulcahy said police don't have a description of the man, only of the van he was traveling in.

"The incident remains under investigation and there have been increased patrols/checks in the area since," Mulcahy said. 

Mike Sweeney, president of South River Youth Athletics (SRYA) in Edgewater, also emailed local SRYA families about the incident because  Davidsonville is a neighboring community. 

“This incident serves as a reminder to us all to look after our children in public settings and realize that the slightest inattentiveness can lead to an opportunity for undesirables to strike,” the email said.

The DAA Board of Directors asked local families to respond to the email and alert them if they had been involved in approaching the man in the van.

Donna Cunningham May 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Oh my gosh, this makes me sick. I don't know how more closely I can keep an eye on my baby but it is going to be even closer now.

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