Aurora police warn about man who approached teen girls in unusual ways

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AURORA, Colo. -- Two teenagers told police a strange man approached them in an Aurora neighborhood.

Everyone needs to be on the lookout because police think it could easily happen again.

The two separate incidents involved a man and teenage girls within the last few days.

Police say that Thursday a man convinced a 17-year-old girl to get into his gold-colored sedan near South Blackhawk Street and East Iliff Avenue.

"She became a little bit uncomfortable and decided she no longer wanted to be with this guy so she told him that she wanted to go home and the guy gave her a ride home," says Sgt. Chris Amsler of the Aurora Police Department.

Another girl was approached Saturday not too far away from the first incident. This time it was a 13-year-old near South Idalia Street and East Mexico Avenue.

"He tried to engage in conversation with her. She just kept walking. He comes up behind her. Puts her in a bear hug. She kicks him, he lets go and she runs off," according to Sgt. Amsler.

Both girls described the man as a black male around 30 years old with a slim, athletic build. They told police he has a receding hair line and he smells like smoke.

Police say they're not sure what he's trying to do, but people need to be aware.

Marice Lasley says stories like this really hit home for her. "I had somebody try and steal me when I was a child," she says.

That's why she makes sure her grandchildren know how to protect themselves. "They know not to talk to strangers. Don`t go near a car if somebody pulls over and asks for directions. You just turn around and walk the other way."

It's important, she says, because there isn't always a happy ending.

"If somebody`s grabbing your children off the street it`s never going to end well no matter if you get them back or don`t. They`re going to be hurt," Lasley says.

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