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Elementary school goes on lockdown

The grade school in Maupin went into lockdown for a time Wednesday morning because a man was asking questions about when children would be out and around, according to police logs.

The school reported the man at 10:16 a.m., saying he was driving a vehicle that had tape over the last letter of the license plate.

A deputy contacted the man, who said he never stepped on school property, but asked questions pertaining to the children due to not seeing buses in the area. The deputy reported the man wanted to see if he could give his free time to the school. The man said he owned property in the area.

Deputies received multiple calls on the man Wednesday.

The deputy noted the man was buying “random items” and his van was completely full. The man said the items were for his ranch in Vail, Colo.

The deputy talked to school officials who said the man’s questions, and lack of ties to Maupin or children at the school caused the school to be placed in lockdown. At the school’s request, the deputy told the man he was trespassed from all school property. The man said he understood.

The deputy confirmed the man’s van rental agreement was valid. The deputy noted he had duct tape on the last letter “P” of the vehicle plate, making it into an “I,” plus he had tape on the year sticker.

The deputy noted that the man talked about “people messing with him” and while he was calm and compliant, he appeared “slightly paranoid.”

He was counseled on obstructing his vehicle plate.

Not quite two hours later, deputies were called again to Maupin when the man was at a local business and acting “weird.” The man left willingly and said he was heading home.

A few minutes later, another caller reported the man had come in to Canyon Rim Manor at about 5:30 that morning, turned off the TV and yelled at staff. A deputy found the man, who admitted to being there and turning off the TV to play music.

The man said he’d had a friend there in the past who he played music for, but the friend had since passed.

The man was told he was trespassed from Canyon Rim, and he said he understood.

At almost five p.m., another caller reported the man had followed her son around Wamic last night, taking several trips around town looking for him.

She said when her son and his female friend were at the Wamic Grange, the man was watching them. As they left the grange, the man appeared to be trying to block him in.

Her son pulled into his residence with his lights off to avoid the man, and that’s when the man drove around Wamic several times afterward, and appeared to be looking for her son.

She said her son recognized the man at school Wednesday and recognized the rental van he was driving. Her call was logged for information.


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