By now, most kids know the old creeper kidnapper trick: Attacker pretends he is lost and needs a clueless child to help him find his way. Adults are just too smart to help other adults with directions. Luckily the four girls he asked for "help" were smart enough to avoid the dude and tell someone about the interaction.
Alex J. Wolters, 22, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony harassment by stalking Monday. But that doesn't change his story: He still says he was actually lost on his way to a skin clinic appointment and wanted to know where Edina's Concord Elementary School was last April. Wolters had been charged with four counts of stalking and four counts of attempted false imprisonment.
Here's his story: Wolters says he was heading to an appointment at W. 50th Street and France Avenue S. and got lost. He started asking for directions, and approached four young girls for help. He admits now that what he did might have frightened the girls. He was asking the girls for directions to the nearby elementary school, which could be seen from where he was when he approached them. When asked why he wanted directions to the school, he said he was trying to figure out where he was. Oh of course! Any good creeper regains their sense of direction once they make it back to an elementary school.
All of the girls approached said they were under the impression that Wolters wanted them to get into his car. Wolters claimed he couldn't call the clinic for directions because he was out of cell phone minutes, but he was on his phone when police stopped him.
When police searched his car, they found duct tape, a paintball gun that looked like a rifle and three condoms. Perhaps common items in a dude's car, but unsettling nonetheless.
Our biggest concern: Did he make it to the skin clinic? It must have been a really important appointment.
Just don't forget FOX9's epic fail: After this incident, a reporter wanted to drive around Edina and test kids to see if they trust strangers. A great moment in Twin Cities media.