Police Chase ‘Hug Bandit’ in St. Louis

A mystery man has been approaching women in the St. Louis area and asking for hugs.

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Police in the St. Louis area are on the hunt for a man they’re calling the “hug bandit” — whom several woman accuse of approaching and asking for an embrace.

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The serial hugger tells his target that he’s a friend from the “old neighborhood,” say the women. Then, he announces it’s his birthday and requests a hug as a present. Sometimes the women agree.

The hug bandit’s favorite stalking grounds are outside local Schnucks supermarkets, according to a report by the local CBS affiliate.
But his scheme seems to have unraveled after one lady he propositioned in the suburb of Fairview Heights, Ill., wasn’t feeling the love. He asked for a squeeze and she dialed 911. Police say they are now searching for a white male in his 30s or 40s, medium height, 170 pounds, driving a silver Nissan sedan.

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