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Police: Teen girl groped at playground by man with a metal detector

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Police are hunting for a man suspected of groping a teenage girl at a playground in Ramsey, Minnesota.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says the incident happened at around 4 p.m. on Monday, when the teenager saw the man near the playground area of Emerald Pond Park in the 6000 block of 142nd Ave NW.

The suspect was using a metal detector at the time, and he began talking with the girl when she questioned him about the detector and what he was doing with it.

During this conversation, a police release says, the man "touched her inappropriately," with police treating it as a "groping type offense" as there was no force or coercion used by the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white man in his mid 20s with a medium build. He's approximately 5'7" tall, with short, messy, dirty blond hair and a "light shadow type beard" with a tattoo on one bicep.

He was wearing a t-shirt and a pair of shorts in the time, though no descriptions of those are available.

There were also two vehicles seen in the parking lot at the time, a dark sedan and a gray colored van.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to call the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office at (763) 427-1212.

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