Reports of “suspicious persons” unfounded, says Police Chief

The Bemidji Police Department says there does not appear to be a group of people with malicious intent following community members.

According to a release from Chief Mike Mastin, officers investigated reports of suspicious persons.

Apparently, there are numerous posts circulating on social media related to suspicious people watching or following community members in businesses and parking lots.

The investigation, according to Mastin, included speaking with victims and witnesses as well as watching surveillance videos of the area.

Mastin thanked the reporting party for calling the incident in and requesting an escort, and reminds everyone to be cautious.

“Use this time to talk to your loved ones about paying attention to your surroundings, noticing things that do not appear right and not being afraid to ask for help when something does not seem safe,” said Mastin in a release.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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