Concerns of similar incidents following Coon Rapids attempted abduction arise

Updated: June 25, 2019 10:48 AM

As the search for an attempted abduction suspect continues Tuesday, authorities are airing concerns this type of incident may have happened in the same area before.

KSTP spoke with a mother, whose identity 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is protecting, in the area who said there were significant similarities between the Friday incident and a confrontation with her daughter in 2017 less than a mile away.


"I think it's alarming that it keeps happening in that very close vicinity," the woman said.

The woman said she saw the most recent report of an attempted abduction, which happened Friday morning on a trail off of Coon Rapids Boulevard. A 16-year-old girl was on a skateboard when the suspect reportedly grabbed her, pulled her into the woods and sprayed her with pepper spray as he tried to attack her.

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When the woman saw the police sketch of the suspect, she said she had chills because she said the image was very similar to the description of an attempted attacker her daughter gave two years ago.

The woman said her 12-year-old daughter was out for a jog when a man in his 30s started following her.

When the daughter told the man he was scaring her, she said he replied, "Would it scare you if I do this?" He reportedly reached over and grabbed her buttocks and breasts over her clothes. The woman said her daughter reacted, told the man to stop, that she was in karate and that the man turned and ran.

At this point, Coon Rapids police have not said the two attacks are connected. Investigators are continuing to follow up with the more than 100 leads received since police asked for help from the public Friday afternoon.

Additionally, the mother and neighbors want others to be on the lookout.

Those with any information are asked to call Anoka County Dispatch at 763-427-1212.

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