Police seek man who grabbed teen in Brantford

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Brantford police are looking for a man accused of approaching two teen girls and grabbing one of them.

On Thursday, April 2, just after 8:30 p.m., two 16-year old-females were walking south on Shellard Lane at the intersection of Diana Avenue. The girls saw a small white four-door sedan driving eastbound on Diana Avenue.

A man described as being in his mid to late 20s, Middle Eastern, with dark hair and a dark beard drove by, stopped and waved the two females towards his car. The girls ignored the man’s gesture and continued walking.
The man made a U-turn to follow the girls.
The girls said that while on Shellard Lane and Flander’s Drive, the man got out of the car and approached them. He was wearing a blue long sleeve shirt with grey sweatpants.

The man approached the girls and asked their names. They ignored the man and continued to walk away when the man grabbed one of the girl’s arm from behind. A group of bystanders saw what was happening and offered the girls help. The man walked back to his car and drove away.

The Brantford Police Service is investigating similar occurrences in February and March 2020 and is appealing for the public’s help to identify the suspect.
Anyone with information or who may have surveillance video in the area is asked to contact police at 519-756-7050 or the Criminal Investigation Section at 519-756-0113 or Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a tip may be submitted at Crime Stoppers.

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