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Elmira Police Investigating Suspicious Incident At Parley Coburn

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On Friday, May 4, 2018, the Elmira Police Department responded to Parley Coburn School to investigate a suspicious incident. 

Elmira Police have determined that at about 2:00 pm, a male walking westbound along the Partridge Street sidewalk interacted with students on the playground of Parley Coburn Elementary School.  The male was walking on the public sidewalk of Partridge Street, while the students were located on the school property side of the chain link fence that separates the playground from the public sidewalk.  The male continued walking westbound on Partridge Street toward Wallace Place. Responding Officers were unable to locate the subject involved.

Elmira Police are asking for assistance in identifying this male subject. The male is described as a black male, light complexion, thin build, late teens to early 20’s, dreadlocks that were pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a black color coat or sweatshirt.  The suspect was last seen walking west on Partridge Street. 

 Elmira Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.

 

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UPDATE:

According to a release from Elmira Police Chief Joe Kane, police have obtained video that shows this incident. The incident is very brief, and at no time does this male attempt to enter the fenced in playground or approach the chain link fence. The male appears to walk continuously past the playground area at a normal pace, and past the students on the playground near the fence. 

Elmira Police continue to investigate specific details not available on the video, such as any comments made by the male subject while walking past the playground. The male is seen holding what appears to be a phone, but the video does not show him pointing the phone in the direction of the playground. 

Kane says the Elmira Police Department is asking the public to refrain from comments that may create alarm or panic. Investigators are working to identify the unknown male on the video and will release details that are accurate, appropriate, and don’t hinder the ability to conduct a thorough investigation. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Elmira Police Department. 

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KarenK    33
32 minutes ago, KRSullivan said:

That is a direct contradict to what the social media post said about the incident. 

Who's social media post?

 

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KarenK    33
Posted (edited)

This doesn't even sound a little bit real or even close to several others I have read including the EPD report.  They have it on security video that guy was walking down the street next to the school.  That's it.

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Andy    9
Posted (edited)

That person wasn't the only one to post that story. Someone else said the same thing happened. 

 

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ARS76    3

What a shock... The info on Facebook is not correct 😲

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KReed    64
Posted (edited)

Yep....Sounds like some parents are over-reacting to their kids' embellished accounts....

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didn't see you'd already posted the EPD remarks to refrain from creating panic
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UPDATE:  The Elmira Police Department has concluded the investigation at Parley Coburn Elementary. Police say the person of interest has been identified and interviewed, and they have determined there is no risk to the children or community.    

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