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Mt. Washington police investigating case of "stranger danger"

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Surveillance image of vehicle sought by Mt. Washington police. Surveillance image of vehicle sought by Mt. Washington police.
Mt. Washington Valero station where police say a man "lured" a woman and teenage girl into his car. Mt. Washington Valero station where police say a man "lured" a woman and teenage girl into his car.

MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a case of "stranger danger" in Mount Washington.

Police there are looking for a man who has lured a woman and a teenage girl into his car.

It happened along Bardstown Road near the Valero Gas Station in Mt. Washington.

The females actually got into the car voluntarily, however, once inside, the man made inappropriate sexual advances; that's why police want to find him.

Tammy Winnett is one of the women who took a ride from the stranger. She explains the decision to get into a car with a stranger.

"Well, cause I wasn't very smart that day. That's the bottom line. I know better than that, I just had a lot going on that day and wasn't thinking straight," said Tammy Winnett.

Winnett now realizes it was a mistake. She said, "He was just a real nice guy, nicely dressed, nice car so it didn't seem anything to be threatened over."

Winnett let her guard down because the man well dressed and also claimed to know her.

She explained, "Well, that's what the conversation started over, was that he had thought that he knew me."

But once inside the car. No more Mr. Nice guy, said Winnett. "As soon as the car doors locked, I knew something was wrong. "He was talking a lot of inappropriate things, in a sexual nature."

Winnett then took action and it worked. She said, "I am going to make the car wreck, I am going to grab the steering wheel and it's going to go into that house or you stop the car and it was 4 o'clock in the afternoon traffic to where there was a lot of people around...so if I cause a commotion and make it wreck right there...then he is busted."

The suspect got away, but Mt. Washington Police have a description. Detectives were also able to grab an image of his silver car from surveillance video at the gas station.

"It is a white male, late 20s, early 30s...best description we can get," said Det. Dan Kelty, with Mt. Washington Police.

Det. Kelty said the suspect has even approached a few teenagers, but police still don't know if he's a threat.

"Something is not right with what is going on...but I wouldn't say he's dangerous," said Det. Kelty.

He may not be dangerous...but Tammy Winnett still thinks the suspect needs to explain his motives to police.

"I absolutely hope that they find him because he has done it several times now," said Winnett.

Right now, police don't know what charges -- if any -- the suspect will face but they do want to talk to him.

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