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Man cuts off young girls’ ponytails as they walked to school

By Mason White 1:05 PM January 13, 2015
Girl’s ponytail illustration 

By: Feng Qian
Parents are terrified after learning that a man is cutting off the ponytails of young girls as they walk to school, police in Austria said.

Styria Police is asking the public to come forward with information that will help arrest the man who is wanted on charges of assault.

In the man’s latest attack, he cut the ponytail of a 7-year-old girl as she was walking to school.

Police said that there were several incidents in which the man, believed to be about 45 years old, approached young girls and cut their ponytails.

He was described as bald, with short gray hair and beard. He was wearing a black jacket and blue pants. He also wore a black hat and dark brown shoes.

In the latest incident, the seven-year-old girl and her 9-year-old brother were on their way to school around 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, when the suspect approached them, spoke to them, and walked along the road with them.

When they reached the school, he pulled out a pair of scissors from his jacket and cut the girl’s hair. He then fled from the scene, and the children ran to school to report what had happened.