Salt Lake City police arrested a 33-year-old man Tuesday, after investigators learned he had been following a group of children home from school for about two weeks, according to a news release.
The investigation started Monday when emergency dispatchers received a call about an attempted kidnapping in the Glendale neighborhood, just east of Redwood Road.
When officers arrived at the scene, the release said, they confirmed the man had not tried to abduct the three children: A 6-year-old boy, a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl, all siblings.
But officers learned that he typically followed them as they walked home from school, and that he had spoken with the boy on previous occasions as he walked home, according to the release.
Police say the man followed the children home Monday evening, “knowing they would be home alone,” the release stated.
The children saw the man peering into their windows, police said, and one of them called their father, who called 911.
Police said they went to the area and found the man near 1700 South and Redwood Road. They took him into custody “after a brief struggle where he refused to cooperate,” the release said.
The man was booked into Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of voyeurism against a child, interfering with an arresting officer, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Salt Lake Tribune typically does not name suspects until they have been charged with a crime.