Parents on high alert after three attempted child abductions in two weeks

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Minneapolis parents are being warned to remind their kids about strangers.
Minneapolis parents are being warned to take precautions with their school-age kids after the third attempted abduction of a local teenager in two weeks.

Not one of the abductions has been successful, thanks in large part to some pretty courageous and quick behavior on behalf of the girls targeted. Minneapolis police say they have a suspect in the most recent case, which came Tuesday afternoon on the 3200 block of North 6th Street.

According to the 16-year-old victim in that case, her abductor had actually forced her into his truck. But, as he drove, the teenager found a knife in the truck and used it to fight her way to safety, the Star Tribune reports.

The other two instances are equally creepy, but spread far enough part across the city that any relation between the crimes is in doubt.

On September 15, a 12-year-old girl riding her bike at 56th Street and Chicago Avenue South was confronted by a man who ordered her to get into his van, according to the Star Tribune. Instead, she fled, and so did her potential abductor, who drove down an alley.

On Monday, a 14-year-old girl was nearly abducted on the 10th Avenue Bridge, where a man tried to grab her as she was walking home, but she, too, escaped without harm.

In response to the attempts, MPR reports, Minneapolis Public Schools has sent out a recorded message to area parents alerting them of the cases and reminding them to be cautious:

"We have recently been informed that the Minneapolis Police Department is investigating recent attempted abductions. Please take a few minutes to remind your child not to listen to, talk to, or approach strangers."


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6 comments
Phallocrat
Phallocrat

You mean to say a pedophile won't go to different parts of the same city looking for victims? I hope it is not the police who feel these troubling incidents are not connected.

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

I've been drinking too much. I'd like to give my sincere apologies to these little girls and their parents. You know how it is though... 30 year olds in their sexual prime are, well...unattractive. 20 year olds are too hard. 12 year olds are hit or miss...more often than not it works, but every now and then they find one of my knives laying around...I have too many of those damn things.

Foototegirl
Foototegirl

It is quite possible that the descriptions of the abductors (not listed here) were dramatically different. Also, one said the guy was in a truck, the other said in a van. Sadly, it is very likely that they are NOT connected. 

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

A pedophiles observes...when abductions come into play, you're talking about a pederast...or so my shrink tells me

Guy
Guy

I'm going to go ahead and assume that you would never make such a joke without the safety of internet anonymity. Maybe try out your "special" brand of humor on the fathers of the girls who have been targeted. See what kind of response you get.

Luna713
Luna713

Actually, pedophile is correct. A pederast is one who has a sexual relations with an adolescent boy. Seems to me your shrink is in need of some additional schooling. It also seems to me you need additional and better quality shrink services.

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