Sheriff’s office investigating two attempted abductions in Waupaca County

Published: Apr. 17, 2021 at 7:32 AM CDT
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WAUPACA COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two reports of attempted abductions, believed to be unrelated.

The first incident happened on Friday, April 16 on Lamplighter Lane in the Township of Farmington. A nine-year-old girl said she got off her school bus at her driveway when a man who had been hiding in some bushes grabbed her wrist.

The girl said the man walked her into a wooded area, but got spooked and ran off, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The girl ran back to her home.

The girl said this happened at about 3:45 p.m.

The suspect is described as a man wearing a black ski mask, black jeans, black shoes and a thin black jacket. He’s about 5′9 and 200 pounds.

The second case was reported April 18 on Island Road in the Township of Larrabee.

The Sheriff’s Office says at about 5 p.m., a 27-year-old woman was walking with her one-year-old son when a man ordered her to get into his car.

The woman refused. She went back to her home and called the Sheriff’s Office.

The man in this incident is described as a white male, about 60-70 years old with white shaggy hair. He was driving a light green Subaru hatchback.

Early Tuesday evening, authorities said they had located and identified the man involved in Sunday’s incident. Authorities add there is no danger to the public involving this incident, however it is still being investigated.

Again, the Sheriff’s Office does not believe these two incidents are related.

“In regards to the incident on Sunday, we do have a substantial lead on that incidents. And for Friday we are receiving numerous tips from the public,” said Detective Captain Julie Thobaben.

As they investigate, Thobaben encourages people to take what actions they can to protect themselves if they notice a vehicle or person that seems suspicious while out and about.

“Avoid them if you can. If you can cross the street, cross the other side of the road, if you’re out in the country, like one of these instances, if you could just go up to a neighbor’s house as if it’s your own – things like that. But the main thing is be aware of your surroundings and make sure somebody knows where you’re going,” said Thobaben. “So at least you have a rough estimate of a time when they would be returning so if they don’t return in that time they might be thinking ‘Hm, I wonder where this person is.’”

She also adds that if you have a phone, use it.

”If you have a cell phone take it with you just in case there is something that arises or, if you would actually see something suspicious then you yourself could report that incident,” said Thobaben.

Meanwhile, anyone who does have any information on these cases is asked to contact the sheriff’s office.

”They’re all beneficial no matter how significant or insignificant somebody might think they are, we always encourage people to call in any tip they might think is valuable,” said Thobaben.

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