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Rye Officials Report Suspicious Incident Outside Osborn Elementary School

Rye Schools Superintendent Frank Alvarez warned parents Thursday of a suspicious incident outside Osborn Elementary School.
Rye Schools Superintendent Frank Alvarez warned parents Thursday of a suspicious incident outside Osborn Elementary School. Photo Credit: File photo

RYE, N.Y. -- Rye officials reported a suspicious incident Thursday afternoon in the front parking lot of Osborn Elementary School.

An adult male with an apparent foot fetish approached a female school district employee and asked to see her feet and her shoes. The unidentified man left after the woman declined his request in a dark blue Volkswagen sedan with New York plates.

In an email sent about 5 p.m. Thursday, Rye Schools Superintendent Frank Alvarez wrote: "I wanted to make Rye City School District parents aware of a suspicious incident that occurred today on Osborn School grounds.

"An adult, female Rye City School District employee was approached while sitting in her parked car in the front parking lot of the school by an adult male who expressed an interest in looking at her feet and her shoes. The employee verbally declined, and exited the parking lot.  The man did the same immediately thereafter. He is described as a man in his 40s driving a dark blue Volkswagen sedan with New York plates,'' Alvarez wrote. "While we do not feel that any children are in danger this time, we wanted you to be aware as the incident took place on Osborn School property during school hours,'' Alvarez said.

The Rye Police Department was contacted, and are investigating.  No other details were immediately available from the school district on Friday.

Rye Police Lt. Scott Craig said, "We have increased patrols in the area of the school and notified the surrounding school districts."

Jim Fleming, the Osborn School security guard, notified all faculty and staff at Osborn to be on the lookout for the car or any other suspicious activity on school grounds.

Osborn parents were advised to do the same, and to contact Principal Angela Garcia or Fleming if they observe anything out of the ordinary.

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