Police Report 2 Attempted Child Abductions in Preston

PRESTON, Iowa - Police reported two attempted child abductions within 3 hours Friday night.

According to a news release, the first attempted abduction happened about 6:15 p.m. near DeGroat Street and Main Street in Preston. A 7-year-old girl told police a man in all dark clothing grabbed her shoulder. She said she bit the man and fled.

The second attempted abduction happened about 9:00 p.m. in the area of DeGroat Street and Mitchell Street. Police said two 13-year-old boys reported a man driving a green minivan got out and yelled something at them before climbing back in the vehicle, then drove away.

Police said the boys described the suspect as 6 feet tall with a slender build in his late 30s to early 40s. They said he had scruffy facial hair and was wearing all dark clothing. The teens also told police a female passenger was in the minivan, but couldn't provide any details about her.

Preston police are asking anyone with information about either incident to call them at (563) 689-6868.
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