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Deputies: Report of man taking pictures of kids at bus stop unfounded

Deputies say incident never occurred


PALM COAST, Fla. – Flagler County deputies say the investigation into reports that a man has been taking photos and video at a school bus stop in the morning.

Deputies said no criminal charges will be sought and that deputies want people to still report suspicious activity.

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The bus stop is at the intersection of Forest Hill Drive and Friar Way in Palm Coast. The youngster said she noticed a silver SUV parked on Folcroft Lane on Friday and again Monday.

"She saw a flash go off in the vehicle," said Jim Troijano, of Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

The child also told investigators the man then followed their bus to Old Kings Elementary School before he took off.

"He truly could be plotting a crime or he could be very innocent," said Troijano.

Authorities said while taking pictures isn't against the law, it's concerning.

  • The vehicle is a silver SUV – unknown make or model. The SUV has a Hillary Clinton sticker in the back window.
  • The driver is a dark-skinned male, possibly African American.
  • He is about 20 years old and may be covering his face.

The girl told deputies she knows he’s taking pictures or video recording because she can see the flash go off in the vehicle. The man has not approached or spoken to any of the children, deputies said.

He has not dropped off a child at the bus stop. And his pattern is to follow the bus in his vehicle all the way to Old Kings Elementary School, deputies said.

The girl told her parents and they notified the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to be good witnesses so deputies can find the man to interview him about what he may have been doing.

Deputies are asking the public to be observant and try to provide a detailed description of the man's vehicle, including make and model and any more distinguishing features, and a good description of the man himself, including hair, height/weight, eye color and clothing.

"You never think something like that is going to happen, especially right across the street from your house," said Anthony Vargas.

Vargas said his children and grandchildren wait at the bus stop at Forest Hill Drive and Friar Way.

"I'm definitely going to keep an eye out. I don't want anybody to get hurt," said Vargas.

The school told News 6 that it sent a call home to parents alerting them of the incident and is working closely with law enforcement. Detectives said they'll be interviewing the other children at the bus stop and stepping up patrol in the area.

"If you see something, say something and let's take these matters very seriously, because they could result in a very tragic situation," said Troijano.