Suspicious individual stalks 2 Bluffs girls; Police warn residents

Scottsbluff Police are looking for a suspicious individual who was reportedly following two young girls on bicycles, yelling at them to come to him.

Captain Brian Wasson says officers were called to the 2100 block of 7th Avenue during the noon hour to investigate a man chasing two girls. The girls stated they were at Bea Lovell Park in the 1800 block of 10th Avenue and saw the man walking around. The girls said the man was acting suspicious, so they got on their bikes and left the park. Wasson said the girls rode their bikes to East 20th, turning west. The girls told police the man began following them on foot at 7th Avenue and East 20th. They told officers the man was yelling at them instructing them to come to him.

Wasson says the girls did not know the suspect. They told police they ran to a home in the 2100 block of 7th Avenue and knocked on the door for help. The resident saw the man, who turned around and left. Wasson says the juveniles stated the man got into a silver four-door car parked on the south side of the intersection at 7th Avenue and East 20th, leaving the area southbound on 7th Avenue.

The suspect was described by the girls as a white male, approximately 5'8", very thin with short blonde hair, wearing a white shirt and red shorts.

Scottsbluff Police remind parents and guardians to be sure you know where your children are and to remind children to be cautious around strangers, and not to go with a stranger even if they say they know their parents. Wasson says they should run to a place where other people can see them and call police as soon as possible. Wasson says yell for help if you are not able to call.

If anyone has information, call Scottsbluff Police at 632-7176 or crime stoppers at 632-STOP.

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