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Police: Girls say they were approached by men in two separate incidents
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MONROE - Police received reports Wednesday and today of two separate men approaching young girls and offering rides in a suggestive manner.

According to a Monroe Police Department news release, at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a Monroe Middle School girl was approached by a caucasian man in a smaller SUV-type vehicle in the 1600 block of 16th Avenue. The driver of the vehicle asked the girl to take a picture with him while never leaving his vehicle. The suspect was described as having a medium build and between 20 and 30 years old. The student did not recognize the driver but described his vehicle as a dark colored, possibly grey or charcoal, SUV with tinted windows.

The second incident occurred at around 8 a.m. today near 18th Avenue and 21st Street. A Monroe High School girl was approached by a light-skinned African American man on foot who talked with the girl. The student kicked the suspect and the man fled on foot to a silver Buick or Chrysler four-door car. The man got into the vehicle and drove away in the opposite direction. The girl described the suspect as being about 5-foot 9-inches to 6-foot tall and in his early 20s. The man was wearing black jogging pants, white tennis shoes and a big black coat.

Police ask that anyone with knowledge of either of these incidents contact the department at 608-329-2400 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-ICCRIME.