False alarm in Swampscott after 2 girls report being ‘spooked’ by driver

SWAMPSCOTT — Police investigated a report that two 10-year-old girls were almost accosted outside Stanley Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon, but the call ended up being a false alarm.

The caller told police a man pulled his car over near two young girls and asked to talk to them about dogs, with the incident occurring shortly after 2 p.m., a little before school was getting out. The girls had told a parent who notified police, Swampscott Police Sgt. Tim Cassidy said.

Upon further investigation, police determined there was no misconduct. After interviewing the two girls closely, police learned there was no contact and no conversation at all. A car drove by them slowly and they got spooked, Cassidy said.

Police were able to track the car down and spoke with the man, a dog walker in the area. The man had a car similar to the one that was being described, Cassidy said.

“He drove down the street, but there was no conversation,” Cassidy said. “He didn’t do anything wrong. There was no crime committed.”

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