This is something you don’t read every day – a serial hugger is terrorizing women in St. Louis, Mo. and the police don’t know if he’s committing a crime by asking women to hug him!

Apparently, the 44-years-old male, whose name has not been released by the police, is stopping random women on the streets of St. Louis, pretends that he was their neighbor from years back, tells them that today is his birthday and asks the women to give me a hug. Yikes.

Thus far 36 women have came forward to complain. One woman even says that while hugging her, the alleged ‘John Wayne Embracey’ (catchy nickname we have to admit) kissed her on the lips. Gross!

Detective Marshall Broughton said: “He'd say, 'Hi, remember me? I lived down the street in the corner house. How ya been?’ Broughton continued: “Obviously [the women] didn't remember him, but he did it so quickly and convincingly that they felt embarrassed that they didn't know him,’ as reported by ABC News.

The ‘serial hugger’ thinks he is not doing anything wrong and to prove his innocence he showed up at the police station with his attorney – where the police questioned him for an hour, but had to release him because officers weren’t sure if this guy even committed any crime!

The unusual case is now in the hands of the local prosecutors who are looking into charging the guy with third-degree assault charges.

What would you do if a stranger tries to hug you on the street?