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'Suspicious man' arrested on weapons charge has criminal past
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police have arrested a suspicious man who was hanging around a school near Plymouth and Burton. 

Terry Ward, 53, is accused of luring two girls to his car back in May.  It happened at a playground near Immaculate Heart of Mary on Plymouth.

"This is the kind of case that has all of us concerned,” said GRPD's Sgt. Terry Dixon.

According to the girls, the man had two dogs. They went to his car, where he changed his shirt and put a hat on one of girls. Some older children showed up and told them to go back to their parents.
  
"We have individuals, someone doing suspicious activity around youth. We take seriously be careful of."

At the time, Grand Rapids Police investigated, but closed the case due to lack of evidence.  

"But here in October, as we come back and more people have complained on what appears to be the same individual."

This time, police located Ward. According to court documents, he was watching young children on the playground using binoculars. Other court documents show Ward used to live in the area, but is now considered homeless. 

When he was arrested, police say he had a dangerous weapon on him. Court documents show that he had a knife, nun chucks, and a collapsible baton in his car. 

Ward has a criminal past that includes harassment, breaking and entering, drinking and driving, and several other traffic violations.

He was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.  He is currently being held in the Kent County Jail on $25,000 bond.

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