Stranger Alert Issued by Commack, Hauppauge Schools

Parents warned to be be on lookout for a man identifying himself as "Abraham Lincoln" who has shown up at local schools allegedly looking for his daughter.


Local parents of school-aged children are warned to be on high alert after a suspicious man attempted pick up a student at Hauppauge and East Islip on Friday. 

Commack and Hauppauge school officials sent notices to parents late Friday afternoon to be on high alert after the same situation played out at Hauppauge and East Islip. 

A man who identified himself to Hauppauge School officials as Abraham Lincoln visited Hauppauge Middle School early Friday morning looking to allegedly pick up his daughter, Reanna Belongi, wrote Hauppauge superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss in a letter to parents. There is no student by that name enrolled in Hauppauge schools.

When the man was told his daughter did not attend Hauppauge schools, Sullivan-Kriss said he was seen leaving school property driving a light colored, four-door sedan. 

Hauppauge school officials immediately notified Suffolk County police of the situation. Police were asked to increase the number of patrols at dismissal time and in the neighborhoods. 

Commack school officials said they were contacted by police after reports were filed, according to the district's website. There is no student by the name Reanna Belongi enrolled at Commack schools. 

The suspected man is described only described as an African American male who was driving a light-colored, four-door sedan. 

Police have asked residents who see a man fitting the description performing any similar behaviors to immediately call 911. 

Sharon Lynn September 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM
We are in HAuppauge and we didn't get a letter either. We got an automated phone call that said to check the school website for an emergency alert. Most people couldn't even get on because of the mass load of people trying to get on at the same time. Maybe because the guy never actually went to Commack? I don't know...something seems shady about this entire event to me!
Keira K. September 18, 2012 at 06:43 PM
11725 MAN, you are one controversial zip code!! Why does somebody always have to think they know better or could have done a better job or would have handled something so much better than somebody else! I'm not happy about a odd man in the school either but it's always easier to say what YOU would have done!! Let's just hope the kids all stay safe! On a side note, Sara Walsh, do you proof read your work? Every time I see an article written by you I cringe to read it.
Kasey Jr. September 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Ever hear of a computer? They can store information- such as rosters of every student enrolled in every Hauppauge school. You must have a very low intelligence level. Are you related to Sara Walsh? You both seem to write statements which make no sense. "Do they just know the names of every student off the tops of their heads??" "The suspected man is described only described as an African American male who was driving a light-colored, four-door sedan." Sara, how many times will we say the word "described"? You both need to have a moment of self-reflection sometime very soon.
TS September 19, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Commack School District sent out a "Stranger Incident Alert" email. If your email is registered with the district to receive messages from your child's school you should have received the email.
Forever Hauppauge September 29, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I volunteered to use my over 2 decades of graphic art experience to help out with the Forest Brook Yearbook this year. What I didn't know is that the Forest Brook PTA President along with her co-conspiritor can choose to not allow people to volunteer. Last night I received text messages from the chair of the 5th grade committee that the yearbook had enough people helping out in the area that I was looking to help in. I was shocked by this since I did go on the website and noticed that I was the only one signed up to do graphics for the yearbook. Talk about the clicks here in Hauppauge. How can the 5th grade committee chair tell me that I can't volunteer for the PTA ran yearbook committee? Well apparently the PTA President who I have never spoken with other than to say hello has form an opinion about me based on what she was told by someone who is mentally unstable and consistently off her meds and is also on the Forest Brook PTA board. I honestly think that these bad apples should be removed from having anything to do with any PTA. Don't you? It's really sad how this mentally unstable person managed to intimidate her neighbor so much that they moved to the other side of Hauppauge. Here is the really funny part of all of this, the 5th grade committee is selling T-shirts that say "The Real Housewives of Hauppauge".


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