Police are looking into why a 48-year-old homeless man left a note for two girls at a school bus stop in north Wichita on Wednesday morning.
The man, who was staying in a tent city in Grove Park just off Hillside near 29th Street North, was arrested on an unrelated warrant, Lt. Doug Nolte said.
“He had written a note to them,” Nolte said of the man’s interest in the 11- and 12-year-old girls, who attend Hamilton Middle School. “It was waiting at the bus stop.”
The girls found the note at the bus stop at 27th and Lorraine on Wednesday and notified school staff. The school then called police. Nolte would not divulge the note’s contents, but he did say the case had “sexual overtones” to it.
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The girls, who are friends, have taken food to the man in the past, USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman said.
Officers canvassed the area and found a tent city in a line of trees in Grove Park, he said.
They found a man who admitted he was looking for two girls. He had photos of young girls cut from magazines as well as children’s toys.
Nolte called them items that police “were concerned about.”
The Exploited and Missing Child Unit has been called into the case.
“Obviously, there’s a concern any time we have an adult that is trying to make contact with young children,” Nolte said. “We need people to be aware of the potential that there are predators out there.
“What this man’s intent was, we don’t know.”
Grove Park is a known camp site for homeless men who can’t get into the Union Rescue Mission nearby, Nolte said.
“Every once in a while, we have to go in there and remove tent cities,” he said. “It’s illegal to camp in the city unless it’s posted and you have permission.”