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Police searching for man who groped high school student, woman in Ballard

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SEATTLE -- Police are searching for a man who groped a high school student and a woman just blocks apart from each other in Ballard.

Ballard High School security called 911 after a female student reported that a man in the high school parking lot grabbed her buttocks at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday as she walked to class.

The student told police the suspect, a Hispanic man in his 30s wearing paint-splattered pants, got into a red pickup truck and drove off once the girl entered the building.

A short time later, a woman reported a man with a matching description ran up and grabbed her behind before running off. The victim said the man was last seen running through the 6000 block of 15th Avenue NW.

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Again, officers searched the area but were unable to find anyone.

Ballard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop sent a letter home to parents saying, "I do not want to overly alarm our community, but the safety of our students is our top priority. This is a good reminder to not walk by yourself and stay alert to your surroundings."

Police are investigating. Anyone with information on the gropings is encouraged to call 206-625-5011.