Stranger in blue van offers ride to child walking from school


A stranger offered a ride to a local child Tuesday, according to report from the Riley County Police Department.

A child was walking home from school near the intersection of Claflin Road and Hudson Avenue at 3:45 p.m., according to the report. An unknown male suspect pulled up to the child in an old dirty blue van with a black stripe down the center, said Lt. Herbert Crosby Jr. of RCPD. The driver’s window was also tinted.

The suspect offered the child a ride, and the child refused, according to the report. The suspect made no attempt to follow the child. Crosby said no description of the suspect was available.

Three separate cases of indecent liberties with a child were filed with the RCPD.

The first involved a victim under the age of 15, who was assaulted by a known individual, Crosby said. The incident occurred between Oct. 1 and Nov. 10 in the Ogden, Kan., area, according to the report.

The second case involved a victim also under the age of 15, Crosby said. Between March 1, 2007, and March 1, 2009, a known individual in another county touched the victim, according to the report. The victim is a resident of Riley County and was visiting the suspect.

The third case involved a victim under the age of 16, according to the report. Between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15, a known suspect inappropriately touched the victim, Crosby said. The incident occurred in the south central part of Manhattan.

Damage to car reported

A report of criminal damage to property totaling $1,000 was made, according to another RCPD report.

Kirsten Eyestone, 18, of Manhattan, reported an individual scratched the paint and damaged her vehicle, Crosby said. The act occurred at Manhattan High School, 2100 Poyntz Ave., between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the report.

Criminal use of a financial card

A local man reported that an unknown individual had used his debit card to charge $1,135, according to another RCPD report.

Michael Simmons, 25, of 1532 University Drive, reported that the incident occurred between Sept. 22 and Nov. 7, Crosby said. According to the report, the incidents occurred in Florida and Texas.