Police looking for man who tried to abduct 10-year-old girl from SE MN park

The girl was able to get away when he put her down to catch his breath.
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Update: Police said Wednesday the abduction attempt turned out to be false. Read the latest update here.

Police say a young girl narrowly escaped an abduction attempt after being grabbed by a man in a southeast Minnesota park over the weekend.

According to a Cannon Falls PD press release, posted online by the Cannon Falls Gazette, a man grabbed a 10-year-old girl and carried her while running across Lower Hannah's Bend Park at around 4 p.m. on Sunday. The girl was able to get away, however, when he put her down to catch his breath.

Police are still looking for the suspect – there's a description of the man as part of the release.

Detectives are also looking to speak with a father of two small children, who left the playground just before the incident, to find if he saw anything that might help with the investigation.

Anyone in the area of the park, Cannon Valley Fairgrounds or the DNR bike trail from Cannon Falls to Lake Byllesby between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday should also get in touch, at 507-263-2278.

More on child abductions

It is less common for a child to be abducted by a total stranger, according to Parents.com.

Studies have found that in child abduction cases, almost half (49 percent) are carried out by a relative of the victim, known as a "family kidnapping," while 27 percent are carried out by acquaintances of the victim.

The remaining 24 percent of kidnappings are carried out by strangers, and tend to see more females victimized than males, primarily occurring at outdoor locations. It's also the type of kidnapping most likely to involve a gun.

According to Forensic Psych, 95 percent of stranger abductions are carried out by men.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children assisted law enforcement with more than 13,700 cases of missing children nationwide last year – 86 percent of them were endangered runaways (about one in five runaways are victims of child sex trafficking), while only 1 percent were non-family abductions.

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