Suspicious Person In Randolph Approaching Children

4/8/17 – Authorities say it’s too early to tell if there is a connection between a suspicious person approaching children in Randolph and similar reports in Beaver Dam. Randolph Police Chief Michael Klavekoske says two incidents were reported this week on the 200 and 400 blocks of Center Street. On Tuesday in Randolph, a man motioned with his hands for two kids to come to him. The suspect, who was on foot, is described as a tall, skinny male wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, black ski mask and black gloves. The kids went inside a residence and informed an adult but when the adult went outside the suspect was gone. The next day, juveniles told adults about a man with a similar description in the same area and when the adults investigated the suspect was gone. In that second incident, the man did not attempt to approach or entice the children. Those incidents are not unlike similar reports in Beaver Dam over the past few weeks. On Monday, a man reportedly tried to lure children off the playground at Wilson Elementary School during recess. Beaver Dam Police Sgt. Craig Retzlaff told us on WBEV’s Community Comment yesterday that they have been in contact with police in Randolph but it remains to be seen if there is a connection. As Retzlaff explains, the incident at Wilson involved a man inside a vehicle – a black sporty-type sedan –which is the same description given near other Beaver Dam schools in the past couple weeks. That includes the areas of the Jefferson Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School near the high school and also the middle school. Both incidents in Randolph occurred in the hours after school between 3:30pm and 5:30pm, though the second incident was not reported until 8pm that evening. In Beaver Dam there were also some delays in reporting and Retzlaff says the sooner police are contacted the better chance there is of apprehension. Retzlaff says if you witness a suspicious person, especially one approaching children, contact 9-1-1 immediately, make your presence known and try to get a description of the vehicle and suspect if at all possible.