A second attempted abduction reported in Albert Lea

It happened 24 hours after a similar incident at the Freeborn County Fair.
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Authorities in Albert Lea are investigating a second attempted abduction in the space of 24 hours.

After a 12-year-old girl was grabbed by a man who told her "keep walking and nobody will get hurt" at the Freeborn County Fair Saturday evening, another attempted abduction was reported near the Albert Lea Aquatic Center at James and Frank Avenues at 6:25 p.m. Sunday.

According to Albert Lea police, a 22-year-old man was approached by a white man in his 20s-30s who asked to play basketball with him at the courts next to the aquatic center.

He pulled up his shirt and displayed a handgun in his waistband, telling the victim to come with him.

The victim ran off on foot, while the suspect walked back to his vehicle and headed southbound on Frank Avenue.

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The suspect was wearing glasses, weighs about 180lbs and is around 5'8" tall.

He had black hair with a buzzcut, and his vehicle was a silver van with rust along the bottom and white tape on the rear passenger tail light.

Anyone with information or surveillance video should call Albert Lea PD on 507-377-5200.

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