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Deputies looking for underwear wearing man who tried to assault child

Posted at 10:35 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 11:10:27-04

EATON COUNTY, Mich. — The Eaton County Sheriff's Office is looking for help finding a man, who attempted to assault a child, wearing only underwear

They said it happened around 3 p.m. on April 3 in Delta Township in the area of Pointe West Boulevard and Saddlebrook Drive.

The suspect approached and attempted to assault the juvenile victim.

A concerned mother wanted to remain anonymous to protect her family, but she did speak with News 10's Carla Bayron over the phone.

She said her young daughter was playing in the backyard with her next door neighbor's child when the incident occurred.

"All of a sudden our daughter came running into the room saying something bad had happened to her friend. He walked up behind her and lifted up her shirt and she started to scream and kick and he tried to actually pull down her pants and then he took off running. What was also disturbing was the fact that our daughter said that he was wearing, she thought, girls underwear," the mother said. "We felt very comfortable with them playing outside with their friends and it was a very sad reminder of how fast something can happen and it's very scary."

A witness told police that they spotted the man wearing only underwear on Cotswald Drive the same day at 2:30 PM.

The witness said the man left the scene in a black sedan.

"Be on the lookout. Beware. Even if we live in a nice neighborhood and in a great area, the chances are still there that something can happen in the blink of an eye," the mother said.

He is described as a white man, age 17-20 years old, about 5’8”, with short dark hair, a slim athletic build, possibly wearing a nose ring, possibly a tattoo or birthmark on a lower leg, possibly short facial hair, and only wearing underwear.

Deputies said there are two vehicles of interest - a red Jeep or black older model sedan.

If anyone has any information on these incidents please contact Deputy Ruedisueli at 517-323-8480. If anyone observes a suspicious vehicle in the area matching the vehicle descriptions please call 911 or the non-emergency number at 517-372-8217.

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