MPD warns southwest Mpls residents about string of recent luring incidents targeting girls
An alleged attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl by three men on May 5 is just one in a string of luring incidents that have occurred in southwest Minneapolis this month, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
In total, there have been four luring-related incidents this month in that part of town, and a fifth incident where an older man was seen creepily loitering in a residential neighborhood while possibly taking photos of children.
From the MPD's crime alert:
Since May 2, 2013, there have been five separate luring incidents in the Fifth Precinct. The following information is a brief description of the incident as well as a description of the suspects and/or vehicles.
-May 2 58th St W/Lyndale Av S 8:45 a.m.-a white male, 40-45yo, 5'8"-5'11" wearing a gray and white winter jacket and light blue or off-white khaki pants approached a 13yo female victim on foot and said, "Hello." He then tried to block her path. The victim fled on foot. The suspect was driving a dirty, white or cream cargo van with no rear windows.
-May 5 36th St W/Zenith Av s 2:25 p.m.-three white males, 30-45yo approached a 13yo female on foot. One suspect grabbed her wrist and told her to be quiet or she would be hurt. The victim fled on foot. One of the suspects was described as having a muscular build. There was no vehicle involved.
-May 13 41st St W/Dupont Av S 6:10 p.m.-a 13yo female was walking her dog when passersby noticed that she was being followed closely by a white Toyota Camry with Colorado license plates. No description of the occupants was provided. The occupants did not attempt to make contact with the girl.
-May 16 54th St W/Lyndale Av S 4:30 p.m.-A white, older cargo van with chipped paint pulled alongside two 13yo females. One of the occupants of the van opened the sliding side door as if the invite the girls inside. The victims fled on foot. The occupants made no attempt to follow them. The driver is described as a white male, 20-25yo. The passenger was a mixed race or light-skinned black male also 20-25yo.
-May 13-17 58 St W/Wentworth Av S 2:10 p.m. A white male, 50-60yo medium build has been seen loitering in the area and possibly taking photographs of children.
At this time, investigators are looking into these incidents. Patrol officers are conducting directed patrol, foot beats and bicycle beats in the affected areas. Neighboring police agencies have been advised as well.
It's unknown if they are related due to varying vehicle and suspect descriptions. Any further updates will be passed along as soon as they are available.
Police ask southwest Minneapolis residents to call 911 if they see anything suspicious. With regard to the May 5 incident, the MPD previously asked anyone with information about the suspects to call Sergeant Jerry Wallerich at 612-673-2864.
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