Fishers Police investigate report of suspicious man at school bus stop

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Hamilton Southeastern School officials say a group of high school students reported a man driving up and asking them if they wanted a ride to school early Monday morning.

Fishers Police are investigating the incident, which occurred at 7:00 a.m. in the Sunlake Apartment Complex, near 126th Street and State Road 37.

The man is described as a white male driving a red car. No other details were provided by police. The students told him they were waiting for the school bus to pick them up, and the man drove away.

"They declined, said they were going to wait for the school bus and the man drove away. One of the students contacted his parents and they, in turn, contacted the school corporation and the school corporation did a very good job of alerting all the parents to this potentially dangerous situation," said Tom Weger, Fishers Police.

Parents got an alert message from the school.

"I get my alerts all the time, on time, so I was well aware of it. So I actually came out and waited for her to get off the bus, that's why I was out here. The bus lets her off right there and I seen her get off, she walked right up here and I knew everything was fine," said parent Patrick Sestal. "I sit with her until the bus comes. I don't let her...and that's exactly why. You know what I mean?"

For now, all residents can do is keep their eyes open for anything unusual at the bus stop.

"Ideally, we would prefer that one of them would have called 911, so that we could have gotten an officer in the area right away and made contact with this gentleman. But the kids did a good job by declining and by contacting their parents," Weger said.

Parents and students are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity by calling 911. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Fishers Police Department at 317-595-3300.