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Quick public action controlled situation near day care center

Nov 18, 2013 - From staff reports

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office thanked the public Thursday for helping to identify a man who raised suspicions this week at a day care north of Riverton.

The man reportedly wanted to retrieve a child Tuesday from Casey's Country Child Care Center on Hutchinson Road, but employees there said the subject was not affiliated with any of the children at the center.

He also did not have a vehicle, according to reports.

Next, the man reportedly asked the female employees at the center whether they were married.

At about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Casey Brown called police from the center to report the suspicious person. Brown said his employees were all in the day care building and "locked in."

The suspect eventually left the property, and deputies were unable to locate him that evening.

On Wednesday morning, however, a woman said she had given the man a ride from the area shortly after the incident at the day care. The man reportedly became aggressive with the female driver, but she was able to pull over and coax him out of the car.

He was last seen near the intersection of Wyoming Highway 789 and Burma Road.

Officials said they have identified the suspect and are continuing their investigation into the incident; charges may be pending.

"We appreciate the public's assistance," Undersheriff Ryan Lee said. "We received several calls which ultimately led us to this man's identity."

The white man was described as 6 feet, 2 inches tall with a muscular build and short hair.

He is estimated to be in his mid- to late 30s, and he reportedly had numerous tattoos on both of his forearms.

He was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and faded jeans.

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