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Onalaska Police Looking for Suspect After Suspicious Approach

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Onalaska Police say they're looking for a man who approached a teenage boy yesterday on Windsong Lane, near the Gundersen Lutheran Clinic. 

The boy says it happened around 4:30 p.m. 

A man he describes as being in his late 50's with white, shoulder-length hair pulled up in a brown, extended cab pickup truck with a lighter brown stripe on the side and brown topper. 

The man then asked the boy to approach the vehicle. 

The boy says he ran towards his family's home. 

The man then made a U-turn and drove away. 

Onalaska Police say there's no proof the man was up to anything malicious, although they'd like to talk to him to find out. 

"It was unnerving to the parents that this happened because the parents had no idea what the driver was after," says Chief Jeff Trotnic. "It may have been something as simple as want directions, but until we get the chance to speak with him nobody knows." 

Trotnic says the boy did the right thing by running home. 

He says when children are approached like this outside, the best response is to run to a house they're familiar with -- whether it's their own, a family member's, or a family friend's. 

Trotnic says even just running towards a house is typically enough for a child to scare away a potential predator. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Onalaska Police Department at 608-781-9550. 

 

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