Man arrested in connection with report of man on bike approaching girl

Tori Latham, City Editor

Police arrested an Evanston resident Friday in connection with approaching a girl as she walked to school last month, officials said.

The 37-year-old man was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, police said.

A 14-year-old girl reported that she was approached by a man on a bike April 21 in the area of Sherman Avenue and Madison Street while she was walking to school in the morning, officials said. The man tried to talk to her and offered her $20 if she took his phone number, police said.

The girl refused the man’s offer and caught up with other students she saw walking in the area, and the man on the bike left, police said. The man reappeared later when she was walking alone again and offered the girl a piece of paper with his phone number, police said. The girl took the man’s phone number and continued walking.

Evanston juvenile detectives followed up on the phone number and identified the man, who the girl positively identified as the same man who had approached her, police said. Officials were unable to link him to a similar incident that was reported April 22.

The Evanston resident is scheduled to appear in court June 8.

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