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Girl Breaks Free of Smelly, Male Attacker

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Sex offenders are routinely required to wear GPS tracking devices in an attempt to thwart future attacks -- but perhaps a more effective deterrent would be spraying them with something stank. The LA Times reports that a 14-year-old girl who broke free of a man as he attempted to grab off the sidewalk described her would-be attacker as stinky -- or, in police parlance, "he had a 'distinctly bad body odor,' [Cmdr. Josef Levy of the Long Beach Police Department] said."

The girl was walking to Butler Middle School in Long Beach this morning when a man who was later reported as being between 25 and 30, African-American and 6 feet tall, took hold of her arm and then exposed himself. She was able to get away safely, and police are still looking for the man.