Update: Lookout canceled in school bus incident

by Wes Mayer

The man originally suspected of a possible kidnapping from a Coweta County school bus has been identified by Newnan Police Thursday, and an investigation revealed the whole thing was a mix-up.

According to Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs of Newnan Police Department, the man had permission to pick up his girlfriend’s granddaughter off a school bus Wednesday on Bennett Street. The mix-up occurred when he asked the bus driver for the girl he had permission to pick up. The young student he was seeking was not on that particular school bus, Riggs said, but a different girl with a similar name and hair style was. The investigation determined he was never actually attempting to kidnap anyone, and he was not a threat to the girl on the bus.

The man followed the bus on foot believing the bus driver made a mistake and his girlfriend’s granddaughter did not get off the bus, Riggs said. The girl the man was picking up arrived later on another school bus.

On Wednesday, the bus driver did not allow the other girl to get off the bus because it was not a designated stop, Riggs said. The mother of the girl later called police out of suspicion for the man. The man was calling himself the girl’s uncle because it was more or less a true statement.



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