Police: Man sought after attempted child luring at elementary school

Police are asking for help in identifying a man suspected in an attempted child luring in the city's Germantown section.

According to police, on Tuesday, Jan. 8. a man entered Mastery Charter John Wister Elementary School on the unit block of East Bringhurst Street. Police say he approached school personnel and asked to take two students, an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, out of the school. The man asked for the students by name, according to investigators.

School personnel asked the man for identification, at which point the man appeared to either place or receive a call on his cell phone, then exited the school without further incident.

The students' father, who spoke exclusively with FOX 29, said no one in his family recognizes the man.

"It's very concerning due to the fact that I don't know him, and he has to be closer than what I think he is," said Saiyd Yancey. "Someone knows something and I need to know, I have questions that need to be answered."

Yancey said the man allegedly knew some additional details about his children's routine.

Police describe the man as being in his late 50s to early 60s. He was wearing a white T-shirt, light colored pants, a baseball cap with 'Vietnam' on the front, glasses and a dark colored jacket.

School personnel state that the only people listed on the students' dismissal plan as having permission to remove the students from the school are their parents.