Police investigate suspicious men approaching girls

Girls approached in 2 separate incidents
Police investigate suspicious men approaching girls

Monroe police are investigating two separate reports of men approaching young girls and offering rides.

The first incident occurred Wednesday between 3:30-3:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of 16th Avenue. Police said a man driving a small SUV asked a Monroe Middle School student to take a picture with him. He’s described as white, 20-30 years old, with a medium build and no distinguishing features. His SUV was dark gray or charcoal-colored with tinted windows. The man parked next to the girl and never got out. The girl said she didn’t recognize the man and didn’t recall seeing the SUV in the area before.

A second incident occurred Thursday between 7:30-8 a.m. near 18th Avenue and 21st Street. Police said a man approached a Monroe High School student and tried to start a conversation. The student kicked the man, who fled to his car. The man is described as black, in his early 20s, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, light-skinned with no facial hair. He was wearing black jogging pants, white tennis shoes and a big black coat. He was driving a four-door silver Buick or Chrysler.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Monroe police at 608-329-2400.