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Wright County Sheriff's Office Confirms Report of Attempted Abduction in Albertville

Scott Halonen from Wright County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that there was a report of an attempted abduction in Albertville Saturday night.

Wright County Sheriffs Office confirmed late Sunday that they did receive a report of an attempted abduction Saturday night.

The official statement reads:

"On September 1 at 7:58 p.m. Wright County Sheriffs Office [WCSO] received a report from a residence in Albertville in regards to a suspicious incident in the 5000 block of Kalland Ave NE.  Upon arrival the deputies talked with a 15 year old female who reported that two unknown males asked her to get into their van while she was out walking.

The van was described as an off white or greyish colored, older conversion van with a sliding side door and dark colored windows. The driver was reported to be an older, heavy set, bald white male wearing a black sweatshirt.  The passenger was believed to be a skinny, tall white male possibly in his 20's wearing a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans. 

The WCSO is still investigating this incident and anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area around this time is encouraged to call 911 to report it."

Wright County Sheriffs Office confirmed that this is the second reported abduction attempt reported in the St. Michael-Albertville area recently. The other

Many differing reports of this incident and other supposed incidents have spread through the community and social media last night and this morning which was in part much of the delay on receiving a statement today.

"I spent most of the morning managing phone calls with a lot of differing stories and facts," Sargent Scott Halonen reported earlier today. "Social media has changed the way we are able to do our jobs, sometimes it works to our advantage and sometimes it makes it harder," he said.

Stories on social media today varied greatly. Some reported the attempted abduction was an 11 year old, others said 14. Some reported the incident took place on Karston Avenue, still others said Karston Drive.

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Jenna :) September 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Does anyone else notice the similarities from the incident in July? The vehicle and suspected perpetrator description is almost identical.
SH September 03, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Another good reminder for all of us to watch our kids, and be grateful this girl is okay. Jenna, there was no vehicle listed in the late-July incident. The only similarity in the description was that they were both estimated to be in their 20's: http://stmichael.patch.com/articles/breaking-news-suspicious-person-alert-in-the-preserve-neighborhood#photo-5651380
Happy in St. Michael September 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I'm thankful this girl is OK. The male from the earlier incident wasn't identified by race, was he? Let's be proactive and keep an extra careful eye out for ANYONE suspicious in our neighborhoods and people/vehicles matching these descriptions. And, until people know the facts, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop spreading false information. It makes it tough on law enforcement and for people to keep themselves and their children safe.
christy September 03, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I really don't believe anyone was spreading false information, this took WAY TOO LONG to report to the citizens !!! Something should have been reported right away so the community could be on the look out. But now who ever is doing this has gotten away again and next time our community may not be so lucky !!!!!!! Just my opinion... the age of the girl and exact location was maybe incorrect but the vehicle description and general area was spot on and at least gave us parents a chance to look out for these creeps - better than what Wright Cty. gave us to go on Saturday night :(
Smith September 03, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I completely agree with you. This happened in our neighborhood and there was a knock on my door Saturday night informing me of the situation. Trying to take all the information in about the guys, the van, the girl, etc was overwhelming - and all day yesterday I tried to find more information on it. Nothing. I think the St Michael patch is a great way for police to communicate with the community, and the police could have given the patch enough information on Saturday night for them to put out a breaking news alert. If they can give me the info at my doorstep at 9pm, there is no reason they can't try to alert the rest of the community.
Rick September 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Is anyone teaching these kids to try to get a license plate number? At 15, while I'm sure this girl was scared, their first thought should be get away, second should be to at least get the first or last three plate alpha-numerics.
Sara September 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM
She was a freaked out 15 year old girl. I'm sure she wasn't thinking of a license plate number, she needed to run to get away from the man chasing her.....
Tim September 03, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Yes this happened on Karston Dr a strange man stopped over twice at my house. The first time was to drop off a beach ball but I didn't hear the knocking so he left the ball on my chair. Later in the day he came back to tell us he found the ball and saw we had kids by looking in to our garage to see the toys. I told him it’s not ours and he had this unhappy face on and walked away. We kept the ball on the chair in case someone was looking for it 3 days later it was gone. This guy freaked me out and I have been teaching my girls what to do if a stranger stops over again. This guy is getting bold and came up to our door.
Al Anderson September 03, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The County spent lots of taxpayer money on a robo call high alert system to call residents. Using it for this incident(s) would have been an appropriate use of that system - rather than some of the specious reasons that it has been used for.
Samara Postuma September 03, 2012 at 07:13 PM
We only report on incidents that are reported to Wright County Sheriff's Office.
Samara Postuma September 03, 2012 at 07:14 PM
That is a great idea and something worth discussing with kids. Thanks for the idea, Rick!
Eric September 03, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I hope the girl can work with police to generate composite drawings. This almost makes you want to put GPS chips on your kids. Scary stuff.
Rick September 04, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Put a GPS chip on your kid??? No way in living double hockey sticks will that happen. Here's a novel thought. Start executing this scum. Sounds harsh right? Not in my world. In my world, kids should be able to walk to the park with their friends, unafraid. Kids should be able to walk on the sidewalks, unafraid. What has happened Eric, is we have allowed vermin like this to live and roam free in our society. Here's another novel thought. Start ripping into your state legislator and senator and have the punishment fit the crime. It totally disgusts me that vermin can abduct/molest a child and literally wreck that human being for life, yet they may spend ~10 years in jail. Here's a name for you. Dru Sjodin. Why is that slimeball still on death row?
melinda fisher September 04, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Is there any correlation in regards to this van and the guys that sell magazines ? I went to pick up my childs friend 2 days ago in Albertville ..she is 15 ..she was waiting outside for me and a guy had just been talking to her saying he was from Florida and selling magazines...we have had the same guys usually sketchy and always after soliciting normal hours..like Sunday ?! It's a scam but more than that they usually get dropped off by a van and the van leaves them for hours then picks them up later..I only know this because I've witnessed it every summer for years now..So I wonder what and where the van goes while its waiting for it's sketchy sales people to be done ? just thinking out loud .....
Bex September 04, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I believe this situation would be a good use of the robo call system. Sorry, don't know the real name of a call system such as this. Quite a few years ago, we and our neighbors got a call from the Sheriff's office to let us know that there was a criminal on the loose in our area. I was very appreciative of that call since there are lots of places to hide in our area.
Muskyteeth September 04, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I am so ticked off right now and disappointed with the way this has been handled. And I thought idiots driving mach 5 through the residential streets was our only worry. Our family lives 2 blocks away from where this happended and I didn't hear about this until Monday afternoon, when another ticked off and concerned neighbor (has a 13 year old daughter) told me about what happened from Saturday night. What is Wright County doing about this? Have they tracked the van? Who gives a crap the age or facts right away....get the info out that there was a potential abduction attempt and facts to follow. I'm not paying taxes for Wright County to tell me my dog is barking. People need to be notified so we can be more vigilant. It finally made a major news network this morning my wife mentioned....Tuesday!...wow, quick response. Good for the girl to get away from these losers that should be laying at the bottom of a pond. I can't believe people aren't more up in arms over this. It seems like this is a normal occurance and won't get the publicity until the worse fears come true. What a joke and very, very disappointed. Tonight several neighbors are going to our other neighbors and make sure they know of this. I also contacted a counsil member on what steps they are going to take to get this out. This reinforces the fact that I will be doing everything to protect my child, teach'em as they get older about these dangers and watch out for the other neighbor kids.
Al Anderson September 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
See my comment above. It's ridiculous that a system for informing residents is in place ...but the County Sheriff would rather use it for non emergency reasons.
Al Anderson September 04, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I left a message for the County Sheriff in regards to using their robo call alert system for the STMA area
CRW September 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I heard this phrase not long ago "why are we testing on animals when there are pedophiles in prison". Animals should have more rights.
Ask97 September 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Just thought you should all know the girl this happend to ran to my house. From the time I saw the van and her running into my yard was a matter of a couple minutes. My husband called 911 right away. I grabed my keys to follow him hopeing to get a plate number. He was no were to be found. The police responded as fast as they could. My husband went door to door to let neighbors know what had happend. Did the best we could in a situation we never thought we would have to deal with.
Muskyteeth September 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Ask97, great job and its awesome knowing their are folks like you and your husband in our neighborhood. Along with the girl knowing the situation and running away, sounds like you guys also suppressed the abduction attempt. Kudos to all of you. Thats great Wright Co. was on the seen immediately, but I can't believe people didn't hear about this sooner. I have another neighbor with small children who just found out Tuesday evening. I do want to thank the patch for having this media outlet so that we can find out what is happening. I want to clarify, my anger is toward Wright County, the notification system and I will remember this during sherriff voting time. Again I will ask, any word on the van or updates to what I hope is an ongoing investigation...especially now with a potential tie with the boy in St. Michael (which I just heard of from an above post)? Ask97, I will let you know that you have neighbors down the road that would of done the same thing and have eachothers back.
Eugene Newcombe September 05, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I am a candidate for state representative and the issue that sparked me to run is the ever increasing number of sex offenders being released into our communities after relatively short prison sentences. I am finding very little support for keeping sex offenders in prison for long prison terms. People are mainly concerned about the never ending issues like taxes, big government, spending, and the economy. There are 7500 registered sex offenders living among us throughout Minnesota: how many are driving around right this minute looking for victims? I wonder why people are more interested in saving a buck on their taxes than protecting woman and children from known sex offenders. Eugene
Al Anderson September 05, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Eugene The answer may lie in that people are frustrated with the misuse of taxpayer dollars in the criminal justice system, rather than them trying to "save a buck" on locking up sex offenders or violent criminals for a longer period of time.
Bethann September 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I live on Kalland Ave NE and I was shocked to read the news. Everyone needs to keep their eyes peeled and call if you see a van that might fit, with a drive that fits either description. Don't forget plate. I have a 20 year old daughter and a 17 year old son and I worry now when they take walks. Make sure your kids have cell phones on them and if they see any van, move away. It's so sad our kids have to worry like this, but there are people like this out there and you have to worry. I see a lot of young children playing unsupervised all the time. Just cause we don't live in the heart of a big city, you still need to keep a watchful eye on your little ones. Also, there are a lot of foreclosed homes right now, sitting vacant. Many have garbage and belongings outside all over the place. It is like a red light to thiefs. There is one close to me that I called police to see if they would check it out since I have seen people picking through the stuff and cars stopping to look. Sure enough a screen was removed and a window open. Police re secured residents and is trying to get bank or owner to clean mess. This stuff brings the type of people we don't want in our neighborhood. We all need to report anything suspicious to police to keep our neighborhood save. Just info for the neighborhood. I want all the kids and homes to be save.
Eugene Newcombe September 06, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I too am frustrated with the wasteful spending that goes on throughout government, but we must keep that frustration in context. The answer to wasteful spending isn’t to let rapist go with short sentences so they will be free to rape again and again. Two of the three Level 3 predatory offenders at the halfway house in Monticello have more than 1 rape conviction: I am really surprised so few people are concerned. In any event, I will keep trying to get the laws changed to better protect citizens; unfortunately, without the peoples support no change to current law will be forthcoming.
Rick September 06, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Bethann, all due respect, get a few neighbors and go clean the place up. Call the Sheriff before you do so in case another concerned neighbor calls the Sheriff and reports you as a possible thief. This will prevent three deputies from showing up at your front door asking questions. Trust me ;-) The other thing is a foreclosed home it is whomever holds the title to the house to be responsible for adhering to the city code. If the lawn is a disaster etc. call the city and tell them about it. Eugene, I commend you running for state rep, but there is much more to state government than simply changing laws regarding sexual predators/rapists. I agree, the incarceration times need to be looked at, but so does a myriad of other issues in this state, and spending is one of them.

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