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Amherst police question person of interest in threats to schoolchildren

A person of interest has been identified in three recent incidents of a suspicious man approaching girls walking home from school, Amherst police said Saturday.

Police said that charges were not lodged after the man, who had asked schoolchildren if they wanted a ride, was interviewed.

Parents were advised to be on the lookout for red car driven by a man described as white, between 40 and 50 years old and wearing flannel pajamas and red glasses. One of the incidents occurred about 4 p.m. Thursday near Cherrywood and Birchwood drives as girls were walking home from Heim Middle school, police said.

Amherst Police Lt. Patrick Lucey said the investigation is continuing and tips can be forwarded to Amherst police at 689-1311.