8-year-old girl reportedly fondled by unknown man

Swansea Police Department has put out a Code Red Alert after an 8-year-old girl told her guardian that an unknown person fondled her Sunday afternoon.

A man reportedly came up to the child from behind, held her mouth and forcefully touched her over her clothing, according to a Facebook post. Police said the man, whom the child described as a white man in his 50s or 60s with a grayish beard around his mouth, wearing a long sleeve, blue, white and black plaid shirt with glasses folded in his shirt pocket, ran toward the Swansea MetroLink Station.

The incident occurred near Fullerton Road and Old Fullerton Road in Swansea, police said.

The department posted about the incident on its Facebook page and said the family only recently reported it. Police are working to confirm the report and are asking for any witnesses to call them at 618-233-8114.