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Police: Man forcibly takes cell phone from 13-year-old girl in Dearborn

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DEARBORN, Mich. – Police say a man took a cell phone out of a 13-year-old girl’s hands and are asking the public for assistance in identifying him.

The theft happened May 27 at about 7:30 p.m.

According to police, the girl was playing on the south side of Michigan Avenue, near Middlesex Street, when a man forcibly stole her cell phone and fled on foot.

Surveillance video in the area showed the man heading northbound across Michigan Avenue.

“This crime is disturbing because the suspect deliberately chose a young child to victimize,” Dearborn police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “Our number one priority is citizen safety. When that becomes jeopardized, we will do everything in our power to ensure the perpetrator is brought to justice.”

The man was described as white or Middle-Eastern, 25 to 40 years old and has a thin build. He was wearing a red shirt and a green baseball hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call 313-943-2241 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to arrest.