It turns out that cases of suspicious men at school bus stops in two Eastern Carolina counties were both misunderstandings.
Wayne County authorities say they located the man who reportedly approached children at two school bus stops Tuesday morning. Their investigation shows the man had no criminal intent and it was alla misunderstanding.
The same thing happened Thursday morning in Carteret County. In that case an overly friendly newspaper delivery man was speaking to two young brothers at a school bus stop on Harkers Island.
Deputies in Carteret County say the case of a suspicious man trying to get two brothers in his car Thursday morning was a misunderstanding.
Deputies say it turned out to be an overly friendly newspaper delivery driver who was asking if the boys were ready to go to school.
The man told deputies that he did not say or make any actions as to lure the kids in his vehicle. When the man was approached by the mothe, he said he tried to explain he was just trying to be friendly.
Deputies say Thursday afternoon all of those involved were interviewed and determined it was all a misunderstanding.
Although most people know each other in the small community, deputies say the mother just moved to Carteret County and did not know the delivery driver.
Authorities in two counties say suspicious men have approached young children waiting for school buses this week.
The latest happened Thursday morning on Harkers Island in Carteret County. Deputies say 8 and 9-year-old brothers were waiting for their school bus at the end of their driveway on Branch Drive when a man pulled up and asked them if they were "ready" and to "get in the car". The mother saw what was happening, yelled out at the man and he sped away.
The vehicle was a 4-door older maroon car with no hubcaps on the driver's side. It was described as "junky". The driver was a white man in his late 30's to early 40's with dark hair and some facial hair.
The other cases happened in Wayne County Tuesday morning.
Deputies say in two cases that man tried to get children into his car while they were at a school bus stop in the 3000 block of Stevens Mill Road.
Sheriff Carey Winders says they're not sure of the man's intentions, but they would certainly like to talk with him.
Deputies say the vehicle was navy blue, possible a Trailblazer. It had a wheelchair lift mounted on the back and a handicap placard on the rear view mirror. The driver was a white man, 40 to 50 years old with gray hair on top and a brown pony tail.
Authorities do not believe the Carteret and Wayne County cases are connected.