Cambridge police are investigating 2 incidents of young women being approached by strangers near Central Square

All three young women are under 18 years old, police said.

Cambridge police are investigating two incidents of male strangers approaching young women near Central Square. 

On Wednesday night, two sisters, both pre-teens, were walking home around 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. when a man they didn’t recognize walked up to them near Pleasant and Auburn streets, police said.

The suspect — described as a black man between 40 and 50 years old, about 5-foot-8, wearing a black jacket and beanie hat, and also smelling of alcohol — allegedly asked the pair for directions and grabbed one of the girls’ by the arm.

The man then walked with the sisters until what’s thought to be Salem Street where he stopped and asked “if they wanted to go down an alley with him,” police said.

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When the pair said “no,” the man apologized and took his hands off the girl, according to police. The sisters then ran home.

Also on Wednesday, a woman reported that her 17-year-old daughter was followed home from Central Square by a man she didn’t know back on Feb. 3. The same man reportedly tried to approach the young woman at work a year ago and also during her walk home from school.

This man was described as white or light-skinned with a scar on his head. He’s said to be bald and drives a black vehicle.

“The Cambridge Police are actively investigating both of these incidents,” police said on Facebook. “Extra patrols and a non-uniformed presence have been deployed to the areas of these incidents and the Department is working closely with the families and school department on each of these incidents.”