LCSO Investigating Suspicious Incident at Kate Sullivan Elementary

Update 10:52 p.m. May 14, 2012

"It's very concerning," said Kelley DesMarais.

Kelley DesMarais picks up her daughter, Ava, from Kate Sullivan Elementary every day. Hundreds of parents do the same on Miccosukee Road.

On Thursday a stranger tried to do that as well. He approached a child telling her, her mother wanted him to pick her up. When another parent approached the area, the man left.

It takes a good 30 minutes for Miccosukee road to clear of all the teachers, students and parents and it's easy to see how one person could blend in.

Parents were notified via email over the weekend about the incident.
A description of the man can be found below in the press release.

"You know we haven't had too many incidents here but we have heard of certain things that have happened," said parent Alan Dullivan. "I think as long as you're careful they do a good job of keeping care of everything."

"I've always felt safe. That's never been an issue for me and my family," added DesMarais.

Anyone with information on the suspect or incident is asked to call the number below.

May 14, 2012 -

School Resource Deputies are investigating a suspicious incident which occurred at Kate Sullivan Elementary School, located at 927 Miccosukee Road. On Friday May 11, 2012, a Kate Sullivan Elementary School faculty member became aware that on Thursday May 10, 2012, at approximately 2:55p.m., an unknown male approached a third grade student while she was waiting in front of the school for her mother to pick her up. This information was reported to the School Resource Deputy who began an investigation. The student reported the unknown male subject stated to her “your mother sent me to pick you up”. At this point, an unknown parent approached the child and the unknown male left the area. There are no other known witnesses to this incident. The subject is described as a black male in his thirties, approximately 5’5”, 140lbs, thin build with a mustache and goatee, wearing black pants, black shirt and a black hoodie.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information about this suspicious incident is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy Unit at (850) 922-3300.

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  • by Renee Location: Tallahassee on May 15, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    You are durned if you do, durned if you don't. It is amazing that some of these posts are against the actions taken by the school. A child being approached by a adult they do not know and are tried to be convienced that they should go with them, should absolutely be responded to and reported as it has been. We as parents want to know about these things so that we may keep our eyes open as well. Those that have a problem with it, probably don't have children. Please, if you have nothing positive to say, keep your opinion to yourself. Great job KS and LCSO.
  • by Frank on May 15, 2012 at 09:59 AM
    I have lived in this area for over 30 years. I profile those that just don't fit what I am used to seeing in the neighborhood over the last 30 years. The guy in this article fits one of those profiles but there are others. It's not that I call the police or anything but when our neighborhood crime watch e-mail network cranks up, it's a good idea to have been aware of my surroundings.
  • by Sanders on May 15, 2012 at 07:41 AM
    Racism is nothing but ignorance! And y'all are full of it. Why be prejudice? What do you get out of it? Every person has flaws and it has nothing to do with the color of their skin or where their from. People have no control over who they are born to or where they grew up. So stop hating people for something they have no control over. Now lets just be thankful the child is ok!

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      by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 09:22 AM in reply to Sanders
      Prejudices are human nature. We like some things, and we don't like other things. This isn't wrong. You can have prejudices without being racist.
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    Thom are you crazy, this happended at a school full of innoncent kids. You sound like you are the one that should be getting arrested. My child goes to this school, and it is something that we need to know about. You are such jerk, and must not have kids. At least I hope you dont have kids, casue I am sure you suck as a parent.
  • by terry Location: sanford on May 14, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    find him and let one the charges be a hate crime.
  • by Nicole Location: Tallahassee on May 14, 2012 at 07:45 PM
    At Kay no we have yet to be notified we are finding this ouy through the news like everyone else
  • by Nicole Location: Tallahassee on May 14, 2012 at 07:18 PM
    My daughter is in second grade at kate sullivan why are us parents just finding out about this.
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      by hilbertspace on May 15, 2012 at 03:59 AM in reply to Nicole
      I received an email from the list serve yesterday morning. Are you on the list serve?
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        by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 07:36 AM in reply to hilbertspace
        No, I do not have list serve, and sure I am not the only parent. I think that it still should have been communicated better. You say you got the email yesterday, the incident happened Thursday, so the communication still was not made in a sufficent timely manner.
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          by SNA on May 15, 2012 at 08:32 AM in reply to
          One of my kinds used to attend Kate Sullivan. Provided that you have an email account that you check fairly regularly, I suggest you do sign up for the listserv or at least check the archive information online at
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          by A on May 15, 2012 at 10:10 AM in reply to
          Obviously you want someone to drive to your home/work and tell you every time someone slips in a puddle at your child's school. Why should you be above list serve? The school was made aware Friday morning, only another unknown parent saw it Thursday and didn't tell anyone. Be mad at that parent for not reporting it immediately. Waiting a day to report the incident definitely increases the chances of him getting away. I'm sure if there was an imminent threat, they would start robo-calling and using other methods, but this was an isolated incident that they found out about a day late. Get over yourselves Anonymous and Nicole, and take some responsibility for yourself and your kids!
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      by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 09:26 AM in reply to Nicole
      Because you don't care! It as easy as that. If you wanted to know everything that went on at the school, you would have been on the list serve!
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        by Maddy on May 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM in reply to
        I go to Kate Sullivan and help the teacher when my full time job allows and have been on the list serve for five years and didn't have anything reported to me by the school till yesterday afternoon . When I picked up my child yesterday , he knew nothing about it or his friends. This should have been talked about with the children at school and the parents need to tell their children to be aware . We can go back and forth on this comment board but we all need to be thankful that this little girl is safe and Thank God that the parent came up when she did .
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        by Todd Tornow on May 16, 2012 at 08:34 PM in reply to
        I am a parent of a Kate Sullivan student. "List serve" technology is so 20th century. They could use Facebook but even that is past peak. Much instant communication is done by text messages today. Kate Sullivan staff can only do so much given it's environment. The best eyes and ears primarily off school grounds is parents ourselves. We need to watch out for our kids and those kids of other parents as well. If we as parents keep our eyes open for this manure we ourselves can create a security net that nobody can break.
  • by Natty Bumppo Location: Tally on May 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
    Thank goodness. He was wearing a hoodie. And we all know that only the pure of heart wear such garments.
  • by For The Kids Location: Tallahassee on May 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    My grandchild attends Kate Sullivan. Her first and second day at Kate Sullivan, she got lost in the shuffle of getting to after school care. The Baptist Church were on their game in notifying us that she was not their for them to pick up at the "waiting tree". The first day she was playing on the playground, when the staff of the Baptist Church came to pick her up. The second day, the teacher mistakenly sent her to parent pickup. When we went to talk to the Principal about the two near misses and offer her a solution, ie a signout and pickup sheet, Kate Sullivan Staff to Easthill Baptist Staff, she was oh so reluctant, and guaranteed us that she would personally see to it that my grand daughter get to Easthill afterschool everyday. I told her I was not only concerned about my child, but others as well. Easthill had warned us that she would be resistant due to the afterschool care competition. Makes you wonder if Kate Sullivan is lacking deliberately to promote the use of thier afterschool program, and that street should be turned into a one way from the hour of 2:00PM to 3:00PM, this will allow for parents to adequately park and not require their children to walk anywhere in any direction to meet them. People we have to work together to protect our kids, and Leroy....get some therapy.
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      by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 09:30 AM in reply to For The Kids
      There is way too much traffic to turn it into a one-way street. All this traffic will go onto side streets that have not been upgraded to handle this traffic, and put kids walking home at risk because some of the streets in this area do not have sidewalks.
  • by Cecil Thrift Location: Tallahassee on May 14, 2012 at 03:48 PM
    First of all this should have been reported in every way possible,even with break in spots on radio and TV.This guy was on the prowl and wasn't about to wait for it to be reported to make his next move.If you have a child or a family member or friend who has a child then this most certainly was your business. Security should be top notch at all elementary schools as children are the most vuneralble.
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      by Anonymous on May 15, 2012 at 09:32 AM in reply to Cecil Thrift
      Are you volunteering to pay for these ads out of your pocket! The list serve has been set up as their way of informing parents of things quickly, easily, and cheaply.
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