Cambridge Police report two incidents involving men who tried to get way closer to girls or young women than they should.
On Wednesday, police report:
Two sisters (who are pre-teenagers) were walking home together at approximately 5:15-5:30 p.m. and were reportedly approached by a man they had not seen before in the area of Pleasant Street and Auburn Street. The suspect asked for directions and grabbed one of the sisters by the arm. He then proceeded to walk with the sisters down several streets and then stopped at what was believed to be Salem Street. After asking the sisters if they wanted to go down an alley with him, the sisters said no, the suspect stated he was sorry and he then removed his hands from one of the sisters. They both then ran towards their home. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 40-50 years old, approximately 5'8". He reportedly smelled of alcohol and was wearing a black jacket and beanie hat.
Police continue that the mother of a 17-year-old reported that on Feb. 3:
An unknown man had followed her daughter home from Central Square. The same man reportedly attempted to approach her daughter a year ago at her work and while she was walking home from school. He was described as a white or light-skinned male with a noticeable scar on his head. He is also bald and drives a black motor vehicle.
Police say they have stepped up patrols of both uniformed and plainclothes officers in the area of the two incidents and are "working closely with the families and school department with each of these incidents."