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Suspicous man reported boarding school bus, taking photos of students


An armed man posing as a policeman Tuesday tried to stop an Anderson High school bus with an Anderson High School student on board, and another man — possibly the same individual — was seen taking photos of students outside Murchison Middle School in Northwest Austin, principals of both schools said.

The Murchison Middle School incident was reported first, the principals said in a letter to families. A driver reported that a man in a red shirt and tan shorts was taking photos of students using the crosswalk.

Later that day, someone reported a man had posed as a police officer and pulled over a bus that had one Anderson student on board, the principals said. He had a gun with him and was wearing military-style pants and an orange shirt.

The man got the bus driver to stop by flashing his headlights, school district police said.

“The man attempted to get information regarding the bus route, but the driver completed her route before talking to the man,” the principals wrote in the letter. “After the driver dropped off the student, the bus was pulled over again and the man boarded, again asking about the route. The bus driver requested his credentials, at which point the man got off the bus.”

School police will be patrolling the Northwest Austin neighborhood today, looking for this man, police said.

The principals asked that students and staff report any suspicious behavior they have seen by calling 512-414-1703.


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