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Mequon police nab suspicious character

March 26, 2014

Mequon — Police on Tuesday identified 19-year-old Loren M. Willis as the man arrested for suspicious behavior and impersonating a peace officer while speaking with young girls.

The suspicious behavior, reported by Mequon police March 10, was the subject of a Mequon-Thiensville School District parent alert Friday, in which the district advised parents to be extra attentive as the spring season arrives and children begin to play outside more.

According to the initial report, around noon March 10, two girls, age 10 and 11, were walking along the 3900 block of Freistadt Road to a park when the Willis stopped his vehicle alongside them. He asked the two girls how old they were and where they went to school.

While speaking with the girls Willis produced a star-shaped, gold badge. After he drove off, the girls continued on to the park. Willis drove past the park several times and eventually pulled in, where he continued to ask the girls about their school.

He eventually left without incident. While the original police report says no crime was committed, it does say "the suspicious actions of the subject are of concern." Mequon police noted that the incident was similar to a child enticement incident reported by Brown Deer police in January, though the two don't appear connected.

On Monday, Mequon police received new information regarding Willis and were able to identify him. Willis was taken into custody Monday afternoon in the city of Mequon, and admitted to speaking with the two girls on March 10.

Mequon police are working with other law enforcement agencies, the district attorney's office, and the school district to get more information on the March 10 incident.

After arresting and interviewing Willis, Mequon police have referred charges to the district attorney's office for impersonating a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, and obstructing a police officer, according to Mequon police Capt. Dan Buntrock. Willis will also be cited for underage possession of alcohol.

According to a police news release, Willis has been a reserve officer/explorer with other law enforcement agencies in the Ozaukee and Washington county area.

There is presently no information currently that suggests Willis had any intent to harm the girls, according to police.

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