Granby police: Jogging incident was misunderstanding

Staff Writer 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

GRANBY — Police have identified the man who reportedly tried to grab a female jogger on Sunday, an incident that prompted police to seek the public’s help in identifying him.

“He came into the station voluntarily after a family member recognized his description,” Police chief Alan Wishart said in a statement. Wishart added that police spoke with the man and his family members, and informed the female jogger who was satisfied with the response.

No further legal action will be pursued, as the man said he did not try to grab the jogger and that it was a misunderstanding, Police Lt. Kevin O’Grady told the Gazette Thursday morning. 

The incident took place on Sunday in the area of West Street and Burnett Street. The woman, who contacted police on Monday, said a shirtless man she described as being around 5 feet 10 inches tall, 200 pounds and 40 to 50 years old, came out of a field and tried to grab her, although no contact was made.

“There is no reason to believe there is any danger of public safety risk at this point,” Wishart stated Thursday.

Officers had been called to the same area Sunday following a call about a man of a similar description jogging in the center of the road, although the man was reluctant to interact with police.