Overland Park police heed parents’ concerns about ‘strange’ man taking pictures of children

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A warning on social media about a man taking pictures of kids he doesn't know has prompted Overland Park Police to investigate, although police note that no one has filed an official police report on the man.

The picture has been shared many times, so police knew they wanted to respond to concerns. In doing so, they ask anyone who encounters him taking pictures of their children to let them know.

The Facebook post that caused the concerned commotion has since been removed, but it alerted parents and adults to a recent incident in the Overland Park area.

FOX 4 spoke to one woman who says she recognizes the man. She says she doesn't know who he is but says he is the same man who snapped pictures of her children at the zoo in August of last year.

"It makes you think twice about going somewhere," said Michelle Lynn, a local mother of four. "As he walked up the ramp, as I opened the door for him, he actually took a picture of her at her chest level and that's when she came to me and said, 'Mom, he's taking pictures of me.'"

An off-duty police officer asked to see the man's photos, be he refused. Michelle forgot about the incident until she saw a post shared on social media about a man taking pictures of kids in Overland Park. She recognized the picture as the same man.

"I've got a problem with that and I'll do whatever I can to protect my children," Lynn said.

Lynn said she did not file a police report at the time. We have blurred the image of the man's face because he has not been arrested or charged. Officer John Lacy with the Overland Park Police Department wishes parents would file police reports so police have a record of such things.

"If someone is chasing after kids, taking pictures, they need to contact the police department. That's why we're here," Lacy said.

The Overland Park Police Department was tagged in the Facebook post that has since been removed.

"We don't know who he is. Kansas City Police Department don't know who he is," said Lacy.

Below is the message from Overland Park Police: