Charges detail abduction attempt of 7-year-old in Fridley

A tip from the public helped police locate the suspect.
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A 29-year-old Coon Rapids man has been charged with criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment in connection to an attempted abduction in Fridley July 26. 

The man charged has been identified as Aaron Daniel Johnson, and a criminal complaint details the moments before, during and after his alleged encounter with a 7-year-old girl on the 7300 block of Taylor Street NE in Fridley around 1 p.m. that day. 

The complaint states that Johnson was driving a red Acura RSX, making multiple passes on the street, when he stopped and began an interaction with two girls, ages 7 and 6. 

The 7-year-old victim told investigators that Johnson, whom she called a "crazy guy," wanted her to touch his genitals, a claim that the 6-year-old girl confirmed. 

When the 7-year-old refused, Johnson is accused of reaching out the open driver's door and grabbing her by the arm, forcing her hand on his genitals. At that point, a man in the neighborhood yelled, prompting Johnson to speed away with his door still open. 

The neighbor then helped get the girls to a safe place. 

Neighborhood surveillance cameras captured the incident, allowing investigators to detail the type of vehicle they were looking for. And a plea for the public's help in identifying the owner of the vehicle led to a tip, and on July 31 detectives located Johnson's vehicle at a business near his Coon Rapids home. 

Johnson was arrested, and during a subsequent interview process he originally denied being in Fridley at the time of the attempted abduction, only to later admit that he was there, saying he "had a problem" and that he "guided" the girl's hand to touch his genitals. 

Johnson has been charged with two counts of 2nd-degree criminal sexual conduct, both of which carry a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison, in addition to a felony false imprisonment charge that carries a maximum sentence of up to three years in prison. 

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