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A stranger groped a 15-year-old girl standing outside a Lincoln grocery store Tuesday night, a police department spokeswoman said.

The girl was waiting for her father outside the store at 17th and Washington streets just after 11 p.m. when a stranger approached her, put one arm around her and groped her with his other hand, Officer Angela Sands said Wednesday.

The girl yelled and hit him, and he ran away, Sands said.

The suspect was described as an Asian man in his 40s, 5-foot-3 and slim with dark hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved orange shirt, Sands said.

He spoke "broken English" and had yellow teeth with browning gums, she said.

Monday, a 25-year-old woman told police a man who spoke a language she couldn't understand approached her near 20th and Garfield streets, Sands said.

She thought he wanted a cigarette but he grabbed her thigh before running away, according to police.

Anyone with information on these cases should call police at 402-441-6000 or Crimestoppers at 402-475-3600.

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