Attempted Abductions Raise Concerns For Eastern Iowa Parents

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

OLIN, Iowa - Two recently reported failed child abduction attempts are causing concerns in Linn and Jones counties.

"My kids are everything to me, this is an issue," said Anita Minor, a mother of four living in Olin. "I'm irate."

Police said that on Saturday two men attempted to lure two young girls into their car in Mount Vernon. The men allegedly offered the girls candy, but the girls rejected the offer. The men were driving a white sedan, according to police. One occupant is described as a white male, around 30-years-old with a large tattoo on his arm.

On Monday, a man in a vehicle matching the same description allegedly attempted to lure a 12-year-old girl into his car while she was walking home from school in Olin.

The girl told authorities the man had a colorful arm tattoo. She said he appeared to be in his 30's and around 200 pounds.

"In a small community like this, that this is happening, it's crazy and ridiculous," Minor said.

Another parent said that she has told her 15-year-old son to keep the doors of their home locked when home alone.
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