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Stranger danger: Police investigate complaints man is approaching women with a puppy

July 03, 2018 06:37 PM

Growing concern after multiple reports a man is attempting to get women's attention with a puppy, raising questions about his motives and prompting calls to police. 

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department confirms they questioned the man after reports of suspicious behavior on June 29. Captain Patrick Maswich says a woman said the man approached her in the parking lot of the Clifton Park library, saying he could brighten her day with his gray pit bull puppy.

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"He's a white male in his 40's, has a beard, tattoos on both arms and both legs," said Captain Maswich.

Guilderland Police confirm they are looking into similar complaints at Crossgates Mall. People on Facebook say they've been approached by the same man both inside and outside the mall. The man is reported to be driving a dark colored late model Jeep Cherokee. 

That car was also spotted on Broadway in Saratoga Springs where a woman contacted an officer and reported suspicious behavior.

"His randomly approaching different women asking them if they want to see his dog or hold his dog is not a crime. If he starts showing up to your work everyday or your house everyday and harassing you over and over and over we have repeated course of conduct," said Manswich.

Manswich says the man was questioned and released. They are working with the other law enforcement agencies and monitoring his behavior.

"This is a good time to be vigilant. This is a good time to have a conversation with your children, members of your family," said Manswich. "Just because somebody waves you over doesn't mean you have to walk over and speak with them."

Manswich says the man does not have an extensive criminal history and no sexually related crimes on his record.

Police say if anyone has had an alarming interaction with the man they should contact their local authorities. 

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Jacquie Slater

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