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Dike on alert following reports of a strange man targeting children

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DIKE (KWWL) -

A local sheriff's department is investigating a suspicious man who approached a young girl Tuesday.

The incident happened near the Dike City Park around 11 a.m. The young girl said the man offered her money to get in his car.

The mayor of Dike told KWWL, for a small town like Dike, this is an eye opening scare for the community.

The park that was busy with children playing Tuesday morning was vacant hours later.

News of the suspicious man attempting to lure an elementary age girl to his car spread quickly.

"It was a scare. The best part about this whole day is it just makes you realize that there are people out there like this. Even though we are a tight knit community, we still have to be aware this can happen," said Dike Mayor Mike Soppe.

 Heading to the pool for swim class, like many Dike children, the young girl was riding her bike there.

 According to the Grundy County Sheriff, the girl was passing the park when a tan man with dark hair offered her a $100 to get in his silver car.

 Scared, the girl took off to a nearby relative's home.

This account in Dike matching an incident in Earlville just a couple weeks ago.

 The mom of an Earlville girl told KWWL back on June 1st, "He had a hundred dollar bill and he says 'I'll give you a hundred dollar bill' and she says 'Why would you do that?' and he says 'I'll give you that if you come give me a hand.'"

 The Earlville girl was headed home from the pool on her bike at the time.

 The similar incidents have one Dike native and mother of a toddler thinking twice.

  "We are able to ride bikes across town to friends' homes. I just don't think it will be the same when he gets old enough to do those things," said Cassie Bakker, who lives across the street from the Dike City Park.

    The Grundy County Sheriff said he is working with state authorities on the similarities of the two reports. 

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