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2 attempted abductions leave Bardstown Police searching for suspect

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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bardstown is on edge, after a pair of incidents that have police very concerned.

Police say both incidents involved employees of the Bardstown Cracker Barrel, and happened in the restaurant's parking lot in the middle of the day.

The first attempted abduction happened Friday when a Cracker Barrel employee was walking away from the restaurant. She told police an older, white man in an older model white van offered her a ride. She noticed a younger man in the back of the van, and that the side door was open. She told the man she was meeting her husband and pointed to a random guy standing near a car, and then the man drove away.

The next day a woman who also works at Cracker Barrel was walking to her car, and noticed a man leaning inside a white van parked next to her. When she walked past him, he grabbed her and told her she was going with him. She screamed and a man who happened to be in the parking lot ran towards them. The suspect let the woman go.

The man then took off, but that woman was able to get a partial license of "JHL."  Both women describe the man as being in his 50s or 60s, with a scruffy beard.  They also say it appeared he was involved in construction.

Police say the reason the suspect chose the Cracker Barrel parking lot may have something to do with its close proximity to the Blue Grass Parkway to make a quick getaway.

Bardstown Police say there haven't been any further incidents. Anyone with information about the attempted abductions should call the Bardstown Police Department at (502) 348-6811.

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