Several Child Luring Attempts Reported in South Mpls.
Minneapolis police are investigating five incidents of suspects attempting to lure children.
The incidents began May 2 in the fifth precinct, an area bounded by Interstate 35W to the east, Interstate 94 to the north, and the city limits to the west and south.
According to police, the incidents happened:
- At about 8:45 a.m. May 2 at 58th Street West and Lyndale Avenue South a 13-year-old girl was approached by a white man between the ages of 40 to 45. He was 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, wearing a gray and white winter jacket and light blue or off-white khaki pants. He said hello to the girl and tried to block her path. The girl fled on foot. The suspect was driving a dirty, white or cream cargo van with no windows.
- At about 2:25 p.m. May 5 at 36th Street West and Zenith Avenue South three white men between the ages of 30 to 45 approached a 13-year-old girl on foot. One man grabbed the girl's wrist and told her to be quiet or she would be hurt. The girl fled on foot. There was no vehicle involved.
- At about 6:10 p.m. May 13 at 41st Street West and Dupont Avenue South a 13-year-old girl was walking her dog with passersby noticed she was being followed closely by a white, Toyota Camry with Colorado license plates. No description of the occupants was provided. The suspects did not attempt to contact the girl.
- At about 4:30 p.m. at 54th Street West and Lyndale Avenue South a white, older cargo van with chipped paint pulled next to two 13-year-old girl. An occupant in the van opened the sliding door and invited the girls inside. The girls ran on foot. The suspects didn't follow them. The driver was described as a white man, ages 20 to 25. A male passenger was also in the van.
- At about 2:10 p.m. at 58th Street West and Wentworth Avenue South, two white men, between the ages of 50 to 60, were seen loitering in the area and possibly taking photos of children.
Patrol officers are patrolling the areas on foot and bicycles. It's unknown if the incidents are related due to the varying vehicle and suspect descriptions.