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Police in W. Mich. on alert after man approaches two children in Calhoun Co.
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We have a news alert for West Michigan parents after two attempted abductions last week.
Police in Battle Creek and Emmett Township are asking for help finding a suspect in those attempts.
He's believed to be in his 60s with white hair and a white beard.
BCPD released a sketch last week after they say the man approached a 3-year-old girl at Piper Park.
Emmett Township tells Newschannel 3 that a man with a similar description tried to get a 9-year-old girl into his car when she was walking into school at Wattles Creek Elementary on Friday morning.
Officers from both departments met Monday to follow up on any tips that came in over the weekend.
As they move forward with their investigation, the school district is sending home letters to parents, and both police and schools are encouraging families to talk about what to do if your child is approached by a stranger.
Harper Creek Superintendent John Severson is taking extra precautions when it comes to student safety, especially after the incident Friday morning as a child was walking into Wattles Park Elementary.
"I personally called my administrators this weekend about pick-up and drop-off and bus locations, to be more observant to that," he said.
Investigators say the student did everything right, telling the man "no," and running inside, confiding in her parents later that night.
"We have increased patrols, and we have really done a lot to be proactive," said Emmett Township Detective Seth Graves.
The incident came just days after a babysitter says she used a baseball bat to scare off a man matching the same description at Piper Park after he approached a toddler.
Parents and police are now reminding others to be alert to make sure it doesn't happen again.
In the meantime, school leaders are pushing families to be vigilant, and walk through what to do in case this happens to them.
"We think that we've had that conversation this year, and we're done, and talking to one of my social workers today, and they go in there and do scenarios with the kids," Severson said.
Harper Creek says they sent out an electronic alert on Saturday, and a letter on Monday afternoon.
That letter can be found here.
If you see the man in question or if you have information, you are asked to call Emmett Township Public Safety or the Battle Creek Police Department right away.