Man wanted for questioning after Belfast City Park pool incident
Belfast — Police are searching for a man who was attempting to lure children away from the pool at Belfast City Park the morning of Aug. 14.
Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said an unidentified man went to the pool at City Park around 10:30 a.m. and said he was interested in swimming a few laps. However, swimming lessons were being held at the time, McFadden said, so the man began talking to some of the children around the pool.
The man reportedly struck up a conversation with one child who was wearing a T-shirt depicting a truck driving through a mud pit. McFadden said the man began talking to the child about large trucks before the two were seen walking towards a wooded area away from the pool.
McFadden said a babysitter noticed the child had left the pool area before observing the boy and man walking in the direction of the woods. The babysitter ran after the two and asked the boy what he was doing. The man replied that he and the boy were going to walk along the waterfront and look at his pickup truck.
The babysitter told the boy his swimming lessons were about to begin and the two began walking back towards the pool. At that point, McFadden said, the man followed the babysitter and the boy back to the pool where he struck up a conversation with another child.
Investigators from the Maine State Police Computer Crimes unit were able to recover photos of the man the babysitter took using Snapchat — an application on her cell phone. The Computer Crimes Unit was called in to recover the images because the photos disappear within a short period of time.
McFadden said the man eventually left the park and police were not contacted about the incident until about 90 minutes after it occurred.