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OSP confronts suspicious person at youth soccer game

Though no arrest was made, police say people were correct to report suspicious activity


Oregon State Police Sr. Trooper Jeromy Hasenkamp responded to concerns of a suspicious person while at a youth soccer game at the Columbia City School Sept. 25, at approximately 6 p.m.

During the St. Helens Youth Soccer Association game, Hasenkamp was approached by two people who told him an adult male, who appeared to be alone, was at the playground and was acting suspiciously around children. They said the man also asked one child to go on a walk.

Hasenkamp confronted the man, identified him as a 31-year old Columbia County resident, and investigated the matter. Although the man’s presence at the playground and his speaking to some of the children appeared suspicious to parents, according to police, there was no evidence to indicate the man committed a crime. The man’s name was not released since he was not arrested.

In a press release, OSP applauded the alertness of attendees at the game for having watched out for the safety of children playing at the school. OSP has shared the man’s information with area law enforcement agencies in case he reappears in a similar manner.

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