Update: Following an investigation, Iowa City police located the person who approached a group of children walking to school on Feb. 23, 2022. Police spoke with the man and believe his actions were not intended to cause alarm or be harmful.

Press release from Feb. 23, 2022:

At 9:31 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, Iowa City police responded to Lucas Elementary School, 830 Southlawn Dr., for a report of a suspicious male who approached a group of children as they walked to school.

The children reported they were walking in the area of Shamrock Drive and Arbor Drive when they were approached by a man who remarked on the morning's cold temperatures and offered the children a ride to school. After declining additional offers, the children continued to school and reported the encounter to an adult.

The man is described as "older" and with short gray hair. The vehicle was described as a red, four-door sedan.

How you can help:

This incident is being actively investigated by the Iowa City Police Department and we are asking the public for assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275. In addition, anyone in that area with security cameras is asked to review their recordings and contact the Iowa City Police Department with any potential footage or information about this incident.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers tips can be submitted via the P3 Tips app, online at iccrimestoppers.org, or by phone at 319-358-TIPS (8477). All tips and calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information are not required to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

CASE # 2022001333

Date of publication

Wednesday, February 23, 2022