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Driver with cell phone approaches student

Bloomfield Township police are on the lookout for a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s who approached a student walking home from her bus stop on Tuesday, March 5, in the area of Spruce Drive and Woodbank Drive.

Bloomfield Township Police Public Information Officer Nick Soley said the department was notified of the stranger danger incident on Thursday morning, March 7. He said the student reported that she was walking home from her bus stop when she was approached by a silver or gray car. The student is a middle school student at South Hills Middle School on W. Quarton Road. The driver of the vehicle pulled up next to the student and rolled down the driver window. The driver stuck his arm out of his vehicle toward the student. In the driver's hand was his cell phone. The driver did not speak to the student.

It is unknown if the driver was photographing or videographing the student, or doing anything with his phone, said Soley.

The vehicle left on Woodbank toward Maple Road as the student ran to her home.

The driver is described as a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s with a black moustache, wearing a hood covering his head. The silver or gray vehicle is believed to be a Honda Civic, Accord, or similar vehicle in style bearing a white Michigan license plate with blue letters.

Soley said the Bloomfield Township Police Department applauds the student for being diligent of their surroundings and notifying a trusted adult of the situation. “We remind our community to stay vigilant of their surroundings. Do not engage anyone that approaches you or your children inappropriately, and immediately call 911,” Soley said.

The Bloomfield Hills School district sent out a notice as well on the situation, and is working with the township police department.

Soley said this is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Bloomfield Township School Resource Officer at 248.433.7770.


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