Parents say strange man lunged toward kids at Ballard park

SEATTLE -- Pushing Cole on a swing is easy. He's a tiny toddler, but always wants to go faster and higher.

But his dad, James Riemer, said an evening at Salmon Bay Park in Ballard is a little tougher these days after a recent scare.

"Pretty much everybody knows each other here so a new face would be pretty apparent," he said.

Riemer and other parents are concerned about the man who showed up to the park on Monday. They told police a man in his twenties with blond hair leered at the kids and lunged towards at least two of them.

Parents called 911 after they scattered. The man was gone by the time police arrived.

Jason Mezich came to the park as a kid 20-years ago. He says times are different now and parents have to be more mindful.

"There's not much you can do other than just stay on the other side of the street or the other side of the park," he said.

Seattle Police say they made contact with a man Tuesday afternoon who resembled the description given by parents. The investigation is still open, but the man wasn't breaking the law when contacted, so he was released.