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Student Waiting at Bus Stop Approached by Suspicious Man


Amherst Co., VA - One man's bizarre behavior in front of a student in Amherst County has the sheriff's office and others wondering who he is and what he was doing.

Investigators say last Friday, the man approached the student who was waiting for his bus. They say he asked for directions and acted very suspiciously. Deputies say he got out of his truck and pulled his hoodie over his face as he approached the boy then quickly drove off when he noticed the school bus approaching. Now, they want everyone to be the lookout and have their guard up.

It was early in the morning when a 16-year-old Amherst County High School Student stood waiting at the end of his driveway, for his school bus.

"A red pick-up truck, short bed pick-up truck, pulled up into his driveway," said Captain Gerald Higginbotham of the Amherst County Sheriff's Office.

The man pulled into the student's driveway. He parked his truck, got out and pulled his hoodie over his face. He then approached the student and asked him for directions. When he did that, a school bus showed up and he fled.

Sheriff's deputies say it's suspicious because he asked for directions to Lexington, which was the direction from which he came. Luckily, the student reported it to his bus driver.

"Keep a watchful eye; keep mindful of what's going on. If you see something unusual, call us and let us come check it out," said Higginbotham.

"We have several buses that travel that area so we want to make sure that everybody has open eyes and ears," said Kelly Holmes, supervisor for the Amherst County Schools' Transportation Department.

The school system sent a letter to all parents in the area warning them of the driver from that red pick-up. Their request now to all students.

"We want our students to, of course, be aware of suspicious types of behavior and to report that behavior to, be it a parent or guardian, their bus driver, a principal," said Holmes.

The Sheriff's Office has beefed up patrols in that area. They're asking if anyone has any information that could help lead them to this man, to call crime stoppers at (888)798-5900.

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