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Downers Grove police: 'Suspicious' incident involving man approaching boy just a misunderstanding

Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 12:37 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 11:17 a.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE — Downers Grove police on Friday said a suspicious incident that involved a man approaching a 13-year-old boy on Monday was nothing more than a misunderstanding.

Police said the man was actually lost and looking for directions to traffic court, which is in the vicinity of where the incident occurred, near 40th Street and Saratoga Avenue.

“During the investigation, officers received information from a citizen that a person matching the subject's description was in the area asking for directions to traffic court,” a release sent Friday stated.

The man also spoke broken English, which police say contributed to the misunderstanding.

On Monday, police said the 13-year-old boy ran off after he was approached by a “suspicious man” who offered him a ride. The boy immediately fled on foot and reported it to police.

The Downers Grove Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in resolving this matter and asks everyone to remind children to be aware of strangers and report any concerns immediately to police.

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