Update as of 2 p.m., Big Lake Police now say this situation appears to be a misunderstanding. They don’t believe an attempted abduction took place.


BIG LAKE, Minn. (WCCO) — Police are looking for a man accused of trying to lure a girl with special needs into his vehicle.

A Minnesota Crime Alert said the incident occurred around 6:45 a.m. Thursday on the 300 block of Fern Street in Big Lake.

The ninth grade student, who has special needs, was allegedly approached by a white man, possibly between the ages of 40 and 50, around 5-foot-6 to 6-feet tall with peppered gray hair, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and a camo-style hunting hat.

He was driving a newer, large, white van or suburban-type vehicle. No license plate information was provided.

The man allegedly tried to lure the child into his vehicle while she was waiting in front of an apartment building waiting for the school bus. An adult neighbor witnessed the attempted luring, went outside and shouted at the child to not get into the vehicle.

The driver then sped away from the area. The neighbor spoke with the child, who said she didn’t know the driver, but he kept telling her to get into his vehicle.

Comments (18)
  1. WHAT????? says:

    Wow this is sick. Could they have given a more vague description of him and what he was driving though? How can you not know if it was a van or an SUV? It would help a lot in catching people like this if they did not act like the description is more or less a “guess” of what the man looked like and drove.

    1. Nick says:

      Why do you think there was such a bad description? Did you read the story?

  2. Ed says:

    Pay attention people, every neighborhood needs good neighbors like that.

  3. whatever says:

    What’s with the weird title of this? How was it a misunderstanding? Seems fairly obvious to me.

    1. lib says:

      I’m with you, they need a decent editor at cco Very misleading.

  4. Susan says:

    Lib and whatever, I am with you, you have to look under the picture to get any kind of clue, but still, explain what was a misunderstanding, I am left more confused, which is maybe what they want ????

  5. huh!? says:

    headline says miss understanding.. No where in that article is there any miss understanding lol

    1. Nick says:

      Look at the top right under the picture. The girl was mistaken or lying.

  6. whatever says:

    Yeah I missed the italicized writing under the picture. Usually that is space used to explain the actual picture so I never really read it.

  7. Thomas Jefferson says:

    Description is vague b/c he is probably a judge or a member of congress/senate.

  8. al says:

    No wonder the news media is up there with politicians and used car saleman in credibility these days. Since there is no iniital time on the story in regular font you don’t have a clue if it was written before or after the “misunderstanding” part written in italics. Has all common sense and sturcture gone out the window in the written press these days?

  9. Stephanie says:

    This is the same description given by two Deephaven Elementary students at their bus stop just a few weeks ago!

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  11. Mr.Fury says:

    Misunderstanding or not im glad the neighbor did what they did.Better safe than sry.

  12. races says:

    yep only white people do these thing, fact been proven

  13. Victim Du Jour says:

    @ races

    Can you explain all the violence towards women in Africa? It’s even spilling into Europe, Scandinavia and North America.