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Police investigating three separate attempted abductions throughout metro

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says they have made an arrest in an attempted abduction case that happened last Friday.
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Police say there have been three incidents of people trying to abduct kids in the metro in the past week. 

The first was in Fridley last Friday and police say they've arrested a 28-year-old man in that case.

The other two happened Monday in Mounds View and Inver Grove Heights.

In a quiet Mounds View neighborhood, Shauna Bock says she was surprised to hear what police say happened just blocks away from her home.

"It's really shook my sense of security in this neighborhood," said Bock.

Police say a 10-year-old boy was approached by a man in a white SUV. Investigators say the man told the boy "your mother asked me to pick you up."

That boy told him no and the man left the area.

The male suspect was described as older, with short gray hair, approximately 5'5" tall, and wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

"Really watching out now what's going on now," said Bock.

Police say that's one of three the past few days throughout the metro.

On Friday in Fridley, investigators say a man tried to pull a 7-year-old girl into his car. That child was able to get away.

Deputies announced Wednesday they made an arrest in this case.

On Monday in Inver Grove Heights, police say a man in a brown van tried to talk to two girls.

Investigators say he asked the girls "if they would like to get in the van and help him find G."

When the girls said no he said "Get in the van."

When the girls stepfather came outside, the man left.

The driver of the van is described as a heavyset Hispanic male in his mid 40s wearing a blue plaid shirt.

The van is described as a late 1990s or early 2000s conversion van brown in color with black stripes and green curtains.

Lt. Dan Douglas with the Anoka County Sheriff's Office is now advising parents to use this opportunity to talk to your kids.

"About the dangers of people they don't know. If they're approached by people they don't know to not engage this person in any type of conversation," said Douglas.

A conversation Shauna has already had with her three kids.

"I told them again, I would never send anyone you don't know to pick you up. If someone says they need help finding their dog you go and get an adult," said Bock.

Inver Groves Police Chief Melissa Chiodo released this statement: 

“When we hear about incidents like this happening in our community, parents get even more concerned than usual about their kids’ safety. The best way for families to stay safe is through awareness and regular conversations with their children.Parents should talk to their kids about being aware of their surroundings, listening to their gut, and immediately leaving a situation that feels uncomfortable, or just ‘not right.’  Parents should take this time to talk about safety plans with their children and make sure they have a plan. Do your kids know what to do when confronted by a stranger, where to go during a fire or a tornado, or how to stay safe while playing outside or encountering traffic in your neighborhood?”