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Police Seek Man Who Made Concerning Comments to Women

Young women in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, reported a man asking if they wanted to see his panties or pantyhose.

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    Young women in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, reported a man asking if they wanted to see his panties or pantyhose. (Published Friday, Oct. 24, 2014)

    Authorities are looking for a man after a string of unusual encounters with women in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    Police say in three incidents this month, the man pulled his car over to the side of the road, talked to young women walking alone and said some things they find concerning.

    The first woman said he pulled over and asked her if she wanted to see his pantyhose. The second said he asked if she wanted to see his panties.

    The third woman said she was asked to get in his car.

    All three women quickly took off.

    "At this point, we don't have a crime, but we're looking to speak with this individual and find out why he's approaching strangers and asking these unusual questions," said Portsmouth Police Sgt. Dave Keaveny.

    Two incidents happened at the busy Parrott Avenue Parking Lot, packed on a Friday night. The other took place along State Street.

    All three incidents took place earlier in October, but were not reported until this week.

    "It's concerning that it's happening in a smaller town too, in New Hampshire," said Emily Unger, who now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

    "Kind of uncomfortable, I don't want my girlfriend being approached by someone saying that," said her boyfriend, Matt LaPine. "Yeah, it's awkward."

    In each case, the women described a very overweight man in his mid to late 50s with a dark, greyish, unkempt beard and brown hair and wire rimmed glasses.

    "It's concerning, and obviously the people that were approached were concerned enough to come report it to us," said Keaveny. "So we want to find out and talk to this guy and see what he's doing."

    Though two happened during the day, one was in the evening.

    "It's always concerning to hear something, because you worry about your safety or your friend's safety or your children's safety. But I just think it's a reminder, if anything," said Kathy Bergeron.

    The man has been seen driving an older-style dark colored four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota Corrolla, with Maine license plates.

    If you have been approached by this man or know who he is, call Portsmouth Police at (603) 427-1500.

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