St. Charles police: Bus stop incident was not of malicious nature

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 8:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 7:29 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The man who arose suspicions this week by offering a teenage girl a ride to school did not have a malicious intent, St. Charles police said Thursday.

"It was just good intentions, nothing malicious," St. Charles Police Department spokesperson Lisa Blackwell said.

A 13-year-old girl was waiting for the school bus at Turnberry Road and Royal Queens Court Tuesday morning when a motorist approached her and said, "It's cold out so get in the car, and I'll take you to school," police reported.

The girl refused, police said.

Police issued a bulletin about the incident Wednesday.

The man was identified through follow-up by an officer, Blackwell said.

Police described him as an older resident of the neighborhood who regularly drives in the area and innocently stopped to offer three children a ride because of the extreme cold.

"I think if they knew one another it wouldn't be as alarming as it was," Blackwell said.

Adults should be careful about approaching children, Blackwell said.

"If you don't know someone, especially a teenager or a child, I would not approach them," she said, noting such behavior would likely cause alarm.

No charges were filed in the incident, Blackwell said.

The St. Charles Police Department continues to urge citizens to call 911 when they encounter anything suspicious.