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Man Was Following Young Girls Near Middle School in Fort Lauderdale: Police

Man was reported to be near William Dandy Middle School, police said

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A man who was following young girls while they were walking to a middle school in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday morning was taken into custody, police said.

Fort Lauderdale Police officials said officers responded to the area of William Dandy Middle School on Northwest 26th Street after receiving reports about the suspicious man.

Officers found the man and tried to speak with him but he fled the area on foot, setting off a large search, officials said.

The man was later found in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and Oakland Forest Drive where he was taken into custody, officials said.

Jarell Mackey, 24, faces charges of trespassing on school grounds, resisting arrest and two outstanding warrants. Officials said Mackey did not speak to the students or attempt to entice, elicit or kidnap them.

The incident remains under investigation.

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