Parents warn of man lurking near Poway school

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UPDATE: On Nov. 9, FOX 5 contacted the Poway Sheriff's Substation to follow up on this investigation. A detective from the station did an extensive follow-up investigation of the incident, interviewing the children and several adult witnesses, as well as the man who had been accused of trying to lure the children, Sgt. Buck Ward said. The children's stories changed several times and were not consistent with each other. The detective determined that no crime had been committed, and the man had simply been hiking through an open space adjacent to the school when he had a brief interaction with the children, Ward said. No additional incident have been reported and the case has been closed, Ward added.

POWAY, Calif. - Parents are worried after a strange man has been seen lurking around Meadowbrook Middle School in recent days.

The school's principal alerted parents about an incident last weekend when the man allegedly approached a group of children during a soccer game and lured them away.

“One of the parents saw him leading some kids up into the hills here -- chased after him. The guy left, ran off -- but there’s reports they’ve seen this guy before," said Trevor Smith, a parent.

Witnesses say they saw the man with the children in nearby brush. The stranger with the walking stick ran off when parents approached him.

School officials say the man has been spotted near the campus during the week, but he has not approached students.

The sheriff's department is investigating the matter.

“Just find out why -- let him know it’s not OK to take kids off into the hills, even if it’s not for a bad reason. I hate to assume that -- but I don’t think that’s OK," said Smith.