Dubuque police interview driver of suspicious white van
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County attorneys are not pressing charges against the driver of the white van, citing lack of criminal intent.
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
The Dubuque police located and interviewed the driver of a suspicious white van. Members of one Dubuque family say he approached their 11-year-old daughter Saturday afternoon and tried talking with her.
According to the girl, Kiersten Fort, the man pulled up alongside her in the 2700 block of Jackson Street shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, got out of the car and tried talking to her. When he reached out and touched her face, she said, she ran.
Dubuque police located the man on Wednesday with the help of the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and information from the public. Police say the man voluntarily agreed to an interview at the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center and admitted to talking to the girl.
Through interviews with the man and witnesses, the police learned the incident actually took place in the 2500 block of White Street.
Police say interviews with the man reveal a lack of criminal intent on his part and that other factors might have contributed to confusion and miscommunication. Fort said the man talked in a way that was difficult to understand.
In looking at the circumstances, the Dubuque County Attorney's Office has decided to file no criminal charges in this investigation. Police say probable cause is not sufficient and the elements required by Iowa Code are not satisfied.
Police also say some information circulated via social media and other venues was inaccurate.
Police encourage parents to discuss person safety with their children and immediately report any suspicious or criminal activity to authorities.
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