The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office in southeastern Minnesota is alerting residents about a possible suspicious persons who have been approaching children.
According to a release, the sheriff's department was informed about an incident around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 31. The reporting party said a 12-year-old girl from Byron was walking home near Byron Middle School when the man approached around 3 p.m. that day.
The sheriff's release described the encounter as follows:
The child was walking on a wooded trail to the east of the middle school when she came across a male that had his back to her. The male asked the child if she wanted to walk with him. The child told the male that her mother was waiting for her in a vehicle parked nearby and the male responded with “Oh, Okay”. The child then left the area and wisely reported what happened to her mother.
The suspicious person is described as a white man in his 20s with black hair and black facial stubble. He was wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt, the the hood on his head.
That same day, the sheriff's office was called with another reporting party who said an 11-year-old was approached by a man around 7:30 p.m. at Brooklawn Park in Byron. The girl said the man asked her how she was doing and she went home on her bike without responding.
Like the first incident, this man was described by the child as a white man in his 20s with black hair and dark stubble. Captain Scott Behrns told KTTC-TV that they believe the two incidents are related.
Furthermore, the sheriff's department is investigate two separate reports of a man approaching two 13-year-old girls around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the 300 block of 9th Ave. NW. The man was allegedly driving a car, circling the area a couple of times before asking the girls if they wanted a ride.
The man left the area when the girls didn't respond.
He's described as having a slim build and mixed race, with medium lenght hair and either dreadlocks or braids, and facial hair.
Anyone with any information about the suspicious incidents is urged to call Olmsted County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or the sheriff's office at 507-328-6800