Suspect descriptions released after abduction attempts reported in Norton Commons
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Metro Police Department has issued a warning after reports of a suspicious person trying to lure a young girl into an SUV.
According to a post on the LMPD Facebook page, at least two incidents have been reported: on July 23 and July 31. Both instances involved a small, black Lexus SUV with tinted windows.
According to the post, around 9 p.m. on July 31 a 12-year-old girl walking the family dog was approached by a woman in a small, black Lexus SUV with tinted windows in the 9300 block of Blazing Star Drive. Police say the woman told the girl her mother was busy and couldn't pick her up, and asked her to get in the vehicle.
The girl refused and told her mother, who called police.
Police say they saw the vehicle described by the caller, but couldn't stop it before it sped away.
The girl's mother told WDRB her daughter knew better than to get into a stranger's vehicle.
According to police, a similar incident happened on July 23 in the same neighborhood. In that instance, a man and woman were seen in the same vehicle.
During a news conference on Wednesday, 8th Division LMPD Officer Dave Hamblin said they are looking for a "dark model SUV -- a newer model. Let's keep it at that for now."
He added that they aren't even sure the SUV in the July 31 incident is the same one they're looking for.
"What we do know is that this is probably the second encounter, and there may be others," Hamblin said.
"Until we know exactly what we're dealing with fact-wise, we don't want to speculate," Hamblin said. They are just looking for two people and a dark-colored SUV -- not necessarily a Lexus as mentioned in the Facebook post.
Hamblin said police believe they're looking for a white female with shoulder-length brown hair, and possibly a white male.
Police praised the NextDoor app as a good tool to keep neighbors informed of suspicious activity, but reminded people that it's not monitored by police, so anyone who sees a crime should dial 911 immediately.
"If we don't have a report, we don't know what's going on," Hamblin said. "When we get calls like this, we do take them seriously."
Hamblin asked people in the neighborhood to check their surveillance cameras for images of the SUV. He also said police are looking all over the city for the suspects and the vehicle, not just in Norton Commons.
In another Facebook post, the commander of LMPD's 7th Division said officers have received reports of a suspicious man and woman in a black car or SUV, talking to male and female children.
Anyone with information on the SUV is asked to call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD (574-5673).
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