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Police: man offered a 12-year-old boy $50 to go with him

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 16:36:18-04

UPDATE: South Salt Lake Police said they have identified the suspicious person pictured in this story.

“The case is under investigation and no arrest has been made,” police wrote in a press release. “Since the individual has not been arrested his name can not be released.

Previous story continues below:

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are looking for a man who they say approached a child and offered him money.

A 12-year-old’s father told police he was walking with his son on the Jordan River Parkway Trail Sunday morning when a “suspicious” man approached the boy and asked, “What would you do to earn $50?”

The father said the incident happened after his son ran ahead of him a short distance, and then the man approached him. The boy turned and ran back to tell his dad what happened, according to a press release from the South Salt Lake Police Department.

The father managed to photograph the man as he walked away.

Police described the suspect in the photograph as a white 65-year-old heavyset man wearing a red tank top, red shorts and a gray and black baseball cap.

South Salt Lake Police are looking to question the man about the incident.

If anyone recognizes the suspect, police ask them to call 801-840-4000.