UPDATE: Cannon Falls Police requesting assistance in attempted abduction
UPDATE: Cannon Falls Police Department has been contacted by the father of the two children who were in the park and left before the incident.
The father provided information that there was a couple sitting in a pickup during the time that he and his children were in the park as well as when they left. Cannon Falls Police Department is interested in locating and talking to this couple as witnesses.
CANNON FALLS — On Sunday, Oct. 9, at about 4 p.m., police said a male attempted to abduct a 10-year-old female. He picked up the girl and tried to carry her away. The suspect is described to be in his 20s, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, has dark brown hair and was seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white or yellow cartoon over the left side. He also was wearing light colored blue jeans with holes, black work boots and hot pink sunglasses.
The male ran across the park and stopped to catch his breath when the female was able to escape, police said.
Offices are requesting for anyone — but especially the father and two children that the victim saw — who was in Hannah's Bend Park, in the adjacent Cannon Valley Fairgrounds or on the new bike trail from Cannon Falls to Lake Byllesby between 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday, to contact the department at 507-263-2278.
"These persons are unrelated to the victim and had been using the play area at the same time as the victim," the department said in a statement. "They left in a vehicle just before the incident occurred and the Police Department is interested in speaking with the adult to determine what information he can add to the investigation."
Police Chief Jeff McCormick thanked the community in advance for any assistance in helping find the suspect. In a statement, he sought to reassure people that Cannon Falls is a safe place to live, work and play, but like any other community, things happen. He advises people to lock their cars, houses and to report suspicious activity.