APD wary of man with camera approaching kids

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Parents are calling it creepy. Albuquerque police are warning the public of a man who’s approaching children with a video camera and a squirt gun.

APD put out a public service announcement stating they’re concerned about the man’s motives in approaching children.

In the statement, APD officials said they’re investigating recent reports of a man approaching children ages 6 to 16, asking to film them while he shoots them with a squirt gun.

“To me, that’s not right,” said Drew Owlcafe. “I don’t think that’s appropriate, and especially with somebody else’s children, no,” said Jodi Bartell.

Police said reports are coming from northeast Albuquerque along Eubank. Investigators said they have identified multiple potential victims, and officers “have concerns regarding the man’s motives in approaching and requesting to film these children.”

Though his motives aren’t clear, it’s enough to concern several parents in the area. “It’s just real creepy like, somebody sitting there saying they want to squirt you and video tape you. That is something that I would not have my kids do,” said Karissa Martinez.

Police hope the alert will inspire parents to be extra vigilant as a precaution. Kids at a skate park near Eubank told KRQE News 13 they haven’t been approached with such a request.

One 14-year-old told KRQE News 13 if he were approached, “if it was a friend, then yeah if it’s just for fun.”

But, he and his friends agreed, a stranger asking to film them while spraying them with a squirt gun is another story.

“I would ask if like if it was for a viral video or something, but if not, then I find that very weird,” said a 16-year-old.

Police said the man is in his 20s or 30s with brown hair. He’s been seen wearing a baseball cap.

Parents and kids told KRQE News 13 they’ll stay alert. APD would not talk on camera about this investigation Saturday.

It’s unclear if the man asking kids to film them, has actually done so in any case. Police are asking anyone with additional information to call 242-COPS.

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