Man at Nyack Middle School Bus Stop Not a Threat

On Monday morning, two Nyack Middle School students reported a suspicious adult male staring at them at their bus stop in Valley Cottage. However, police investigated the incident and said the man is not suspicious


On Monday morning, two Nyack Middle School students reported a suspicious adult male staring at them at their bus stop in Valley Cottage. 

"One of the boys alertly went back into his home to advise his father who came outside to investigate. The man quickly got into his car before the father could approach him and drove away in a dark colored sedan. It was reported that there was another person in the passenger side of the car," according to a letter by Superintendent Jim Montesano.

Sgt. Jo Anne Fratianni of the Clarkstown Police Department said that police were investigating the incident and concluded that there are no concerns. 

The suspicious male was identified last night and had a legitimate reason to be in the area, said Fratianni. This incident is no longer considered to be suspicious and the children did not appear to be in any danger from this individual.

Joan K November 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Great, so all the hysteria for nothing. I am glad I am not a man, I am sure I would be reported as suspicious walking around with my two dogs.
Griffin November 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Actually, Joan K, I beg to differ. Twin Ponds is a very quiet residential area far inset into VC, not near any business for miles. It is not an area that one takes no-name livery cabs in and out of. There is not many reason to be wandering around unless you are visiting a neighbor or talking a walk. The boys were right to trust their intuition when they noticed an individual not from the neighborhood lingering around the dock at 7:30 am near a kids bus stop. This is how tight-knit neighbors and communities protect and help each other. How do you think they caught the other guy in VC the other day running around breaking into people's homes? People noticed someone not from the neighborhood walking through back yards.
Clarkstown life November 28, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Hysteria??? I don't believe anyone panicked at all.....seems like everything worked out the way it's supposed to.....everyone worked together like a community should.....
Kim T. November 28, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Nice - people that don't 'look' like they should be in certain neighborhoods need to be investigated? Fear, fear, fear and more fear.
N November 28, 2012 at 02:19 AM
So... a man was investigated because he was by a dock in a territory that is legally considered a park(I know..I am sure it cost lots of $ to the town for such..."park"). Is there a rope now, that I have not seen in the past, that also states that the park area is for "people who live directly around the lakes"? Is there?... No cause for investigation then!
N November 28, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I stare at fat kids alllll the time as well as they super fat parents, so what if someone looked at the kids? Did the guy talk to them and offered candy to get in the car?... No? Just a look? omggg
Griffin November 28, 2012 at 02:30 AM
I stand by what I say. As a father in the community who received a letter detailing what happened (and this article basically doesn't include ANY of those details) there was reason for suspicion. Plain and simple, if something didn't seem right, or was unfamiliar, then say something. The kids did, and it was investigaged. End of story. No spin needed, no undercurrents here, plain and simple, strange person lingering in a remote area, unfamiliar and unusual, taken care of. You kind of know who your neighbors are, I don't see what the big deal is for noticing that someone is not.
N November 28, 2012 at 02:38 AM
What is being a neighbor has anything to do with someone hanging out at a park??? If you have more information in that letter...let us know. But if it was something like asking kids to give them a ride, I am sure it would have been mentioned in the article
NyackPride November 28, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Griffin You are the Gestapo ! If you called the cops on me because I was driving my car around and happened to look at some panicky kids, you'd be concerned, but a guy like you couldn't be wrong, could you? Clarkstown PD is the highly trained force with most having prior service in the NYPD. Cops cleared him that's good enuff for me. About 10 yrs ago I saw a car rolling downhill in PR 7/11 parking lot. Toddler in rear seat, I jumped in pulled the brake and got out to find the mother, showed her my tin and explained what happened. She was greatfull as I remembered it. It could very well been misconstrued as me doing something else at first glance. It's guys skeptical guys like griffin that put innocent guys away when they do jury duty. I'm sure he's fun to be around during the holidays. MG
NyackPride November 28, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Copy and paste letter please
N November 28, 2012 at 03:43 AM
k, I found this link, although it sounds like it is 2 very different cases, as in one the man was talking and following the kids, and another man was on a dock in a legally called park...no relation what so ever! yet here is the letter I assume they all got: http://nyack.patch.com/articles/alert-4-nyack-kids-approached-by-suspicious-man
Griffin November 28, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Exactly Officer Glackens, that is what I said. The kids' instincts said that something was out of order, they called the cops. The cops cleared the situtation. No one denies that. What kind of street do you live on that you don't notice if someone who doesn't live around there is hanging around? It's a simple instinct. I don't even let my kids outside unattended when the lawn crews are out, or the Jehovah's Witnesses are ringing bells, or when folks come around asking us to sign petitions for the desalination project....strangers all of them, and we notice and watch until they are gone. Simple.
Griffin November 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Nope, not the same letter, this was a previous incident. I am sure it's on the nyack schools website by now.


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