A second attempted abduction reported in Albert Lea

It happened 24 hours after a similar incident at the Freeborn County Fair.
Publish date:

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.

Follow BMTN on Flipboard.

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.

Next Up

Antoine Winfield Jr.

Watch: Gopher alums Antoine Winfield Jr., Tyler Johnson make key plays in Bucs' playoff win

The Minnesota greats had a pair of highlights as Tampa Bay advanced to the NFC Championship.


Crews respond to fire at Gertens in Inver Grove Heights

It's reported that a greenhouse on the grounds was on fire.

Marcus Carr

Why the Gophers could be in line for a high seed in the NCAA Tournament

The Gophers are done with a brutal stretch and are poised to make a run.

police tape

Authorities ID man fatally struck by 'errant bullet' in Willmar

The man was working in his garage when he was fatally shot.


1 dead, 1 critically injured in head-on crash on Highway 169

The State Patrol says driving impaired may have been a factor in the crash.

Richard Pitino

Gophers game against Nebraska postponed due to COVID outbreak

The Cornhuskers have had 12 members of its team test positive for COVID-19.

Bob Kroll

What Minneapolis Police Lt. Bob Kroll said in Sunday radio interview

Kroll said that once he's retired he'll go "radio silent."

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID update for Sunday, January 17

The health department provides updates daily at 11 a.m.

Sen. Julia Coleman

'No one's business': State senator calls out attack on her pregnancy

Sen. Julia Coleman represents Minnesota's District 47.

Willmar Police Department

'Errant bullet' goes through garage wall, kills Willmar man

The man was working in his garage when he was shot, witnesses said.