Tip leads to possible identification of man who allegedly lured child away from Belfast City Park pool
Belfast — Police have possibly identified the man who allegedly was attempting to lure children away from the pool at Belfast City Park on Aug. 14.
Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said police received a tip the afternoon of Aug. 18 and were able to potentially identify the man.
Police are not releasing the name of the man, and McFadden said the department is continuing to work with the Waldo County District Attorney's Office to determine whether it is appropriate to press charges.
McFadden said the man is not from Maine and police suspect he was in Belfast on vacation. He added that police are still trying to contact the man and it is unclear whether he is still in the area.
“We're moving closer to being able to contact him,” McFadden said.
Police became aware of the man after the Aug. 14 incident when the man was seen talking to a young boy before the two began walking toward 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, according to previously published reports.
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 before he eventually left the park.
Ben Holbrook is a reporter for The Republican Journal covering general news.
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