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Pair of 'luring' incidents spark warning to parents

A pair of recent incidents in which drivers invited teenage girls into their cars has Rosemount police working with local schools to keep parents informed.

The most recent incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27. According to Rosemount police chief Gary Kalstabakken the driver, a black man believed to be in his 40s, pulled up and yelled at a 12-year-old girl to get into his car. When the girl refused, the man got out of his car and continued to tell her to get into the car. The girl, who was out walking her dog, ran home.

"It certainly isn't something an adult should do with a 12-year-old," Kalstabakken said.

The earlier incident happened on a day when kids were out of school because of parent-teacher conferences. The middle school-age girl was walking to a friend's house around 10:30 a.m. when a driver stopped at an intersection and offered her a ride.

"That could be a luring or abduction attempt, but it also could be someone who just sees a young girl and thinks, 'Hey, it's cold. I'll be a kind person and ask if she wants a ride,'" Kalstabakken said.

That driver was described as a white man in his 50s, balding with gray hair.

Both Rosemount Middle School and Rosemount High School sent e-mail notices to parents this week. RMS plans to discuss safety tips with students this week.

Anyone who knows anything about either incident should call Rosemount police at 651-423-4490.