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Police on lookout for enticement suspect

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Delaware police are on the lookout for a man suspected of attempting to lure children into his SUV this month.

Authorities said two separate instances of child enticement may be linked after young girls described being approached by a similar man, the first in Delaware and the second in Marion.

Police first responded Sept. 15 after two girls, ages 7 and 8, were approached by the suspect while they were riding scooters near the corner of Seatrain Drive and Merrick Boulevard in the Locust Curve subdivision in Delaware, reports said.

According to reports, he was driving a large tan or beige SUV.

"He pulled up next to them and told them to get in the car," said police Capt. Juston Herning.

The two girls ran into a nearby house, he said.

A similar incident occurred Sept. 19 on Fairview Street in Marion when a 9-year-old girl was approached by a man with a similar description. He also asked the girl to get into his SUV, Herning said.

She fled to a nearby apartment but encountered the man again about 30 minutes later when she exited the apartment to get the mail, reports said.

The suspect was standing outside and ran after her, Herning said. She again eluded the man by entering the apartment.

The suspect is described as a white man with a very short or buzzed brown hair. He had what was said to be a tattoo of a lightning bolt on the side of his head, and other tattoos on both sides of his neck.

The young girls involved could not provide officers with an estimate of the man's age.

Police in both cities are looking for tips or any information about the suspect. Delaware police released a composite sketch of the man based on descriptions from the witnesses.

For now, Herning said, officers have beefed up patrol efforts through local neighborhoods and have notified schools of the incidents.

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