PCSO responded to Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland this morning before 7:00 a.m. (prior to
school starting) in response to a suspicious person described as an adult white male, who spoke with a student outside the school who was there early with her parent who works there.
The suspect took off on foot in a direction away from the school prior to deputies arriving. Deputies
are still in the area looking for the suspect, including searching with the helicopter and K-9 units. The school was not locked down due to his direction of travel, and the fact that the incident occurred prior to school starting.
In an abundance of caution, deputies are maintaining a presence on school grounds, and in the area, and will continue to look for the suspect.
If anyone has additional information or saw something suspicious during that time frame, they are urged to contact PCSO at 863-298-6200.