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Police question "person of interest" in U of L campus alert

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police spoke with a "person of interest" described in a University of Louisville safety alert Monday, but did not make any arrest or file any charges, a school spokesman said.  However, they encourged further tips on the situation.

The campus alert, emailed about 12:30 p.m. Monday, said, in essence, a man asking for directions may have wanted more than just a polite answer.  He may have tried to lure a woman into his car.  Students paid attention to the alert.

"If I am near the roads and stuff, I definitely do keep my eyes open and make sure it is clear and stuff," said student Emily Bushey.

U of L police say half-a-dozen, consistent reports about a seemingly lost and suspicious man came into police Sunday night -- all from women -- and students say he was nosy even before then.

"We're trying to get as much information as we can. We're trying to find this person and see exactly what they are doing. At this point, it's not against the law to ask for directions, but certainly if you're trying to get somebody into the car using force, it is," said U of L assistant police chief, Lt. Col. Kenny Brown.

U of L police added extra patrols on the Belknap campus.

Students took advantage of campus security escorts.

And officers Monday night were trying to verify the report of trying to lure someone into a car -- and a picture of the car sent on Twitter Sunday night.

"Anybody can come through campus, there's always different people around. It does make you worry sometimes, it is just being aware and being cautious," Bushey said, speaking as she walked on campus Monday night.

The reports are of a man described as tall, thin, white and in his 30s, driving a white, early 1990s Volvo, perhaps a boxy station wagon with lots of clutter inside.

A student who did not want to be identified told WDRB News the man approached her, twice, in the last two weeks, asking for directions to Threlkeld Hall or "the Goodwill."  She said the man did not attempt to force her into his vehicle.  Students connected sightings of the man in recent weeks, once they heard the campus safety alert Monday, she said.

University police encouraged the tips at (502) 852-6111.

"People get a little, I guess, a little paranoid, which is good, because that's what we want," Brown said.

Police believe the man asked women for directions in several locations on campus and in the nearby Old Louisville neighborhood.

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