Police appeal after student placed in headlock, another grabbed around waist

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Police have arrested a man after a schoolgirl was allegedly placed in a headlock and another was grabbed around the waist in separate incidents in Sydney’s west.

In the first incident, an 11-year-old girl was walking on Elsham Road, in Auburn, at 3.10pm on August 27 when she was approached by a man who was pushing a bike.

The man allegedly put the girl in a headlock, before she was able to break free and run home.

The man is described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, with short hair. At the time of the incident he was wearing a white jumper, pants and white sneakers.

Three weeks later, a 17-year-old girl was walking on Stanley Road, in Lidcombe when a man allegedly grabbed her around the waist, between 4.30pm and 5pm on September 11.

The girl broke free and the man rode away on a bicycle.

The man has been similarly described as being of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern appearance, of medium build, aged between 20 and 30, about 175 centimetres tall, with short black hair.

Police believe the incidents are linked and confirmed that on Tuesday evening, a man had been arrested and was expected to be charged.

CCTV of a man who may be able to assist with inquiries was released earlier, but it was not confirmed by police that he is the man believed to have committed the offences.

Anyone who may have information about the incidents or dash cam vision from the two locations is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

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