Police charge man over child approach at Lake Illawarra

A man has been charged after allegedly approaching two teenage girls in the Illawarra region overnight.

Police have been told about 9pm (Sunday 18 April 2021), two 13-year-old girls left a cinema in Shellharbour and were walking along New Lake Entrance Road, when they noticed a man following them.

The two girls hid, before the man allegedly approached them and attempted to speak with the girls.

The girls allegedly began to run along Old Lake Entrance Road and were chased by the man, before entering a service station and notifying police.

Officers from Lake Illawarra Police District attended and commenced inquiries.

The girls were not physically harmed or touched during the incident.

A short time later, with the assistance of the NSW Police Dog Unit, the 37-year-old man was found in a nearby creek.

A subsequent search of the man revealed cannabis and bank cards in various names.

He was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm, possess prohibited drug and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen.

The Oak Flats man was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Monday 19 April 2021).

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