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Concord police look for man who approached Rundlett students

The Concord police were looking yesterday for an older man who reportedly made concerning comments to two Rundlett Middle School students as they walked home Monday.

In a letter to parents, Principal Tom Sica said the two students, a boy and a girl, were walking near Pine and School streets when the man approached and “spoke to them in a nonthreatening manner, but assumed a familiarity with them that does not exist.” The children did not respond and, once back at their homes, reported the encounter.

Sica described the man as in his 50s or 60s with medium build and little to no teeth. He was allegedly wearing a large brown jacket and a similar colored hat with a Nike symbol on it.

Lt. Timothy O’Malley of the Concord police said extra officers were being dispatched to the area yesterday about 2 p.m., when students were being released for the day. He said no crime appeared to have occurred.

O’Malley declined to specify what the man’s comment was, but he said it had to do with one of the children’s looks. “No foul language or any threats,” he wrote in an email. “However, it was concerning enough for the kids to run home and report it to their parents.”

In his letter, Sica extolled the children’s conduct in the situation. “They made safe decisions and immediately reported the concern to an adult,” he wrote.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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