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Police investigate suspicious man trying to talk to students in Romeoville

District 365U says man was identified and there was no threat

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ROMEOVILLE – Valley View School District 365U alerted parents Monday morning that a suspicious individual was seen at two Romeoville schools trying to talk to students.

The district also posted on its Facebook page that the individual was seen at both A. Vito Martinez Middle School and R.C. Hill Elementary School and was trying to sell gaming systems.

The post described him as a white male, age 30 to 40, driving a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with an Illinois license plate. The bed of the pickup had a black bed cover.

Parents and community members of the school district were asked to contact either the Romeoville or Bolingbrook police departments.

About 2 p.m. Monday, the district provided follow-up information saying that Romeoville police located the individual in question and determined there was no threat to the students or staff. The district tried to reassure parents that their students were safe, but provided no further information via Facebook about what the individual was doing.

“This is also a good time to remind your students to not talk to any strangers, and should they be approached by someone suspicious, immediately tell an adult,” according to the post.

School district spokesman Jim Blaney said that district employees did what they should have done in alerting police. He said he did not know what the individual was trying to do and that the matter was up to the Romeoville police.

The Romeoville Police Department did not respond to multiple calls for comment.