'Stranger danger' in Albany

Posted at: 10/01/2013 9:04 PM | Updated at: 10/01/2013 11:27 PM
By: Jessica Layton

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ALBANY - When it comes to the potentially lifesaving lesson of stranger danger, kids in Albany are getting the message. For the second time in a week, Albany police are investigating a situation where a man approached children who were either heading to or coming home from school.

The most recent was after school Monday near Arbor Hill Elementary School. Police say a black man in his 30s in a silver-colored van approached a 6 and 10-year-old, offering the girls a ride. The children went to their older brother, then told a parent who called police.

The Albany City School District sent a letter home to parents informing them about the incident, and reminding them to talk with their children about not talking to strangers, walking in groups and notifying a parent if a stranger ever approaches them. 

Last week, Albany police arrested 24-year-old Jayshawn Owens for the 10th time in two years. They say he exposed himself to girls on their way to middle school and then followed them. Owens is still in jail.

Police say while both cases are disturbing, these two incidents are not connected.



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