NORTH SALT LAKE — Police have increased patrols around city parks and elementary schools here after two girls reported a man had grabbed one of them at Palmquist Park.
“We have no conclusive physical evidence that this took place,” North Salt Lake Police Chief Craig Black said. “We’re not saying it didn’t happen, but there’s not enough evidence at this point.”
Two girls, ages 8 and 10, reported that a man dressed all in black, also wearing black gloves and a black mask, tried to grab the youngest as they were going over a wall about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.
The girls told investigators they became suspicious when they saw the man sitting in the pavilion and decided to head for home. Black said the older girl told police she hit the man with a bottle of soda and he left.
Investigators interviewed some people who said they saw a teen wearing a black T-shirt and jeans riding a bike in the area, “but his story checked out,” Black said.
Other than the teen, no one saw anything, Black said.
Police have checked out all sex offenders living in the area and have come up with no leads.
They are still seeking information on the incident. Those with any information should call dispatch at 801-298-6000 or North Salt Lake Police, 801-936-3880.
Police want to encourage residents to call police whenever they are suspicious of any incident.