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Preston Residents On Alert After Child Abduction Attempts

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Preston police are asking parents to be vigilant after two separate child abduction attempts Friday night.

The first happened at 6:15 p.m.  A 7-year-old girl told police she was grabbed from behind by a white man in dark clothing. She bit him and he ran off.

Police say they got a second call at 9 p.m. Two 13-year-old boys said a white man in dark clothing driving a green minivan tried to approach them. They took off.

There is no word on whether the two incidents are related, but they have residents on guard.

They said they're happy the word is out that there could be kidnappers on the loose.

"Preston's got to be in the top ten safest places in the world. This is a small town in rural America where everybody knows everybody," resident Corey Driscoll said.  

But, since Preston police issued an alert about the attempted abductions, word has traveled fast.

"Little nerve wracking. I've got two kids of my own. I don't know what could possibly happen in the future," Driscoll said.  

Preston residents say they're on high alert these days, looking out for any potential dangers:

"Watch out not only for myself but make sure I'm keeping an eye out on little kids who may not have an adult or older kid looking after them," resident Kayleen Macy said. 
Community members say they're taking precautions with their own children and stressing how important it is to know how to react in situations like this.  

In the meantime, many say they hope the police catch the suspect or suspects soon:

"Do everything you can. Everybody is scared. We don't need people like this on the streets of Preston," Macy said.

At this point, there has been no firm description of the suspect from the first incident.

The suspect in the van is  described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, with a slender build and facial hair.  Police say there was a woman in the van with him.

Anyone with any information about either incident is urged to call Preston Police.



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