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Suspicious Man Targeting Elderly Women in Alden

Created: 12/12/2013 6:34 PM KSTP.com
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's a town of only a few hundred people, but tonight there is concern in Alden over a man who's suspicious actions have prompted a warning to elderly women.

Police say a suspicious man recently went up to two different homes late at night and told the elderly women living there that his car had broken down and wanted to come in to get warm.

The women told police there was no car in site and refused to let him inside. 

"As of now, everybody is talking about it,” said Bernice Monson, who lives in Alden.

Monson, affectionately known as “Perk,” delivers Meals on Wheels to seniors in the area.

On Thursday afternoon, she brought a meal to one of the women who was approached by the suspicious man.

"She said the first night she didn't sleep a wink, and last night she slept on the couch downstairs so she could be by the door,” Monson said. “She said she's still afraid and she's still scared."

Police say the man went back to one of the houses twice, and Police Chief Kris Harpham spent part of Thursday afternoon talking with residents about the best ways to protect themselves.

"He's got bad intentions,” Chief Harpham said. “I don't know if it's a swindle or worst case scenario, so we're treating it as a worst case scenario just to enlighten the public so they're aware of what's going on."

Police said they still don't know what the man is after, but encourage people to lock their doors and take precautions.

"I even looked around my house to see if there were any tracks that were unusual, or just any tracks because it's all fresh snow,” Monson said. “It puts a scare into you, makes us aware of the dangers that may be lurking around."

Police have released a generic description of the man, saying he's a white male, most likely in his 30s, clean shaven, with medium to light brown hair, and a dark jacket.

If you have any information about the case or see anything suspicious, authorities say you should call police right away.