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Police issue alert after attempted child abduction in southwest Minneapolis

An older man tried to abduct a pre-teen girl.

Police are searching for a suspect after an attempted child abduction in southwest Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Minneapolis police says an attempt was made to abduct a pre-teen girl in the area of 41st Street West and Chowen Avenue South at around 5:30 p.m.

This is next to the Lake Harriet Lower Elementary School.

The suspect has been described as a white man aged 50-60, 6 feet tall, of thin build, with a long, black beard down to his chest. 

He was wearing a flat cap "newspaper-style" hat, a black jacket and peach pants.

A letter sent to parents by Minneapolis Public Schools said that the abduction attempt happened "well after school had ended" and that the man had driven up before trying to abduct the girl.

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She was able to get away and ran to the school for safety. MPS is advising parents to talk with their children about not listening to, approach or talk to strangers.

Police have been interviewing people in the neighborhood along with possible witnesses, and shared the suspect description with local law enforcement.

The crime lab has also been at the scene to collect evidence.

Anyone with information should call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to 847411 (TIP411), entering MPD, a space, and then the information.

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