FLUSHING — A Flint man is in police custody for allegedly attempting to solicit minors at Flushing’s Riverview Park.
Anthony Mangiaracina, 60, was arrested by Flushing City Police on Aug. 8 after witnesses said that he approached two teenage girls at Riverview Park and began talking to them inappropriately.
According to investigators, Mangiaracina spoke with two girls, ages 13 and 14, and asked them to reach into his pocket to retrieve his phone. Several bystanders noticed the interaction, grew concerned and contacted police.
When officers found Mangiaracina at the park, they discovered that he was on probation for a case in Wayne County and was not supposed to be around children or a park setting.
“We received calls from people at the park who were saying that this guy was acting kind of weird and approaching teenage girls,” said Flushing City Police Chief Mark Hoornstra. “We’re pleased that people recognized that this guy was potentially dangerous to kids and didn’t hesitate to call us.”
Hoornstra said that when officers examined Mangiaracina’s clothing, they found out that he had a hole in his front pocket where he was storing his phone.
“Young people always need to be vigilant about potential predators,” Hoornstra said. “In this case, this was someone from outside our community who came to our park and tried to do something inappropriate.”
Mangiaracina was arrested for violating his probation, in addition to allegedly attempting to solicit a minor for immoral purposes. According to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, he has already faced multiple criminal charges in Genesee County over the past few years, including indecent exposure and assault and battery.