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Redford Township police are warning residents to watch out for a man who grabbed a boy’s wrist as he walked to school this week.

Investigators are trying to determine if he is the same person who was recently seen driving near an elementary school. 

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A 13-year-old boy was walking south on Kinloch, in the neighborhood west of Beech Daly and south of Six Mile Road, Thursday morning when a man driving a blue car approached. The boy was on his way to Hilbert Middle School. 

The man asked if he wanted a ride. 

“After the student responded ‘no,’ the suspect got out of his vehicle and grabbed the student’s wrist. The student was able to pull away and run to school,” Redford Township police said in a news release. 

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s who is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and has a medium build, grey beard and a scar on the right side of the face. He was wearing a black hoodie and a black hat. His appearance was disheveled, police said. 

The man was driving a blue, four-door car with front-end damage and black rims. 

On Oct. 3, police received a suspicious person’s report about a white man with a beard driving a blue car near MacGowan Elementary School at 18255 Kinloch. 

Both incidents are under investigation and may involve the same suspect, police said.  

Anyone with information is asked to call 313-387-2555 and refer to case No. 17-07002. Investigators are especially interested in video captured by home security cameras in the area.

Contact staff writer Ann Zaniewski at 313-222-6594 or azaniewski@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter: @AnnZaniewski. 

  

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