Pocatello, Idaho, police would like the residents of their town to know that the creepy, "suspicious" old man driving around in a brown van and taking pictures of kids at the park is, perhaps, not so creepy and suspicious after all.
In fact, he's actually just a grandfather who likes to take pictures of his grandson.
Also, the woman who reported that the man "ran away" when confronted about about the pictures may be full of crap as well. The guy says he simply walked away because the woman was yelling at him.
But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Here's the original bulletin from the police that ran on Channel 8 News:
Pocatello Police are warning people of a suspicious man spotted taking pictures of children at Ammon Park.
Police say parents spotted the man photographing their kids, and when they confronted him the man ran off.
He is described as an older white man with white hair and a beard. He was wearing a western-style button-down shirt and blue jeans and was driving a tan/brown van.
If anyone has information about this man, police would like them to call police dispatch at 234-6100.
Now there's this update:
Lt. Paul Manning said the man in question called in the Pocatello Police Department himself, saying he was at the park taking pictures of his grandson. The man also said that he did not run away, but simply walked away from a woman who had gotten very close to him and was yelling at him. Manning said police are no longer worried about the man and he is not suspicious.
Note to world: Not every old guy with a camera and a van is a perv.