An attempted child abduction was reported Saturday at the Freeborn County Fair.

Freeborn County Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling the midway on foot at around 9:55 pm Saturday when they were stopped by a 12-year-old girl. Deputies said that the girl told them that she had been walking on the gravel road through the parking lot near the 4-H building on the south side of the fairgrounds at around 9:10 pm when someone grabbed her waist from behind and said “keep walking and nobody will get hurt.”

The girl says it was only a few seconds before a nearby female yelled at the individual to leave the girl alone. The girl says the person who grabbed her then ran away from the scene.

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect is described as an adult male with an abnormally deep voice who was wearing dark shoes with white laces. The identity of the woman who yelled at him to stop is not known.


Another scary moment took place Sunday night when another attempted abduction was reported near Albert Lea's City Pool. In a post to the Albert Lea Police Departments Facebook page at 6:24 pm, the Albert Lea Police Department received a call of a possible weapons violation that occurred at the basketball courts located at James Avenue and Frank Avenue next to the Aquatic Center.

Officers were advised that a male subject had displayed a handgun in his waistband.
The officers were advised by the 22-year-old male victim that the suspect had come up and had asked to play basketball with him. After a while, the suspect lifted his shirt to display the weapon and told the victim to come with him. The victim fled on foot. The suspect walked back to his vehicle and headed southbound on Frank Avenue. The victim was not injured in the incident.

The suspect was described as a follows;

White male
Mid 20’s-30’s
180 #’s
Black hair w/buzz cut

The vehicle was described as a silver van with rust along the bottom with white tape on the rear passenger tail light.

Anyone having information or surveillance video of either incident is being asked to contact the Albert Lea Police Department/Freeborn County Sheriff's Office at 507-377-5200 option 5

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