Suspicious Incident Investigation-UPDATE

Okaloosa Sheriff's Office- We want to let you know that a woman who saw this report contacted us to say she'd seen a man matching that description handing out fliers for a business in her neighborhood and she gave one of the fliers to a deputy. He found the business owner and learned the owner sometimes hires a homeless man to hand out the fliers to earn some money. The deputy located the homeless person to ask him about the encounter with the child. He told the deputy he never goes up on porches. He just puts the fliers on cars. He said he did wave at the child and say hello and didn't mean to alarm him. The deputy says after questioning the man, it appears to be an innocent contact and this information was entered into the case file. The case has been closed. Thank you to the woman who responded so that deputies could get the information they needed on this.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is looking into an incident where a young boy says a man came out of a field on Lee Farm Boulevard near Crestview yesterday afternoon, whistled at him and attempted to get him to come over to him. The boy says the man asked him to "come here" and motioned with his finger for the child to come towards him. The boy instead ran inside the home and told his parents.
The man is described as a white male, approximately six feet tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds. He had brown hair and glasses and was wearing a gray hooded shirt, gray sweat pants and white jogging shoes. The boy says he was carrying a black plastic trash bag. This currently appears to be an isolated incident. No similar incidents have been reported to the Sheriff's Office at this time but patrols have been stepped up in that area and if anyone has information please contact the Sheriff's Office at 850-689-5705 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.

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