BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Boulder are warning parents about two incidents where a suspicious man or men may have been attempting to approach school-age children.
In the first incident, a seven-year-old boy and his six-year-old sister were walking home from Whittier Elementary at about 3:20 p.m. on Monday when they said they were startled by a man in the area of 24th and Spruce.
The boy told police the man did not attempt to contact them or follow them but said the man might have been carrying a gun and/or a knife. The children ran away and told their mother about the incident.
The children describe him as a dark-skinned white man about 30 years old with an average build, wearing a dark-colored baseball hat with a smiley face emblem.
A second incident allegedly happened at about 3:45 p.m. in a shopping center located in the 600 block of S. Broadway. A 12-year-old boy told police that a man seemed to be following him and attempting to make eye contact with him.
The boy was frightened and went to a nearby store to call his mother to come pick him up. His mother reported the incident to police just after 8 p.m.
Police went to Southern Hills Middle School Tuesday morning to discuss the incident with the boy.
The boy described the man as a dark-skinned white man in his 20s with short dark hair wearing dirty blue jeans, an olive green hoodie and a dark blue baseball hat.
Police have not said if they believe the two incidents were related.
Extra patrol and traffic officers are patrolling around Southern Hills Middle School, the Table Mesa Shopping Center, Whittier Elementary School and the area of the park on Folsom between Spruce and Pearl, where the first incident occurred.
Detectives are contacting businesses in the shopping center on S. Broadway to try to obtain possible video of the suspect.
Anyone with any information about the men are asked to call police immediately.