ALBERT LEA, Minn. - A 12-year-old girl was grabbed from behind while walking on the gravel road through the parking lot near the 4H building a the Freeborn County Fair. He told her: "Keep walking and nobody will get hurt."
A female yelled at the man to leave the girl alone, and he fled. The girl was able to get away.
The Freeborn County Sheriff's Office reports that the incident happened around 9 p.m. on Saturday, and the girl approached deputies patrolling the fairgrounds at about 9:55 p.m. and told them what happened.
The identity of the female witness is not known at this time. The suspect is described as wearing dark shoes with white laces and having an abnormally deep voice.
KIMT spoke with parents out at the fair with their kids the next day.
"It was kind of just that instant panic, like oh my goodness, this is happening here," says Amy Schuhmacher of when she heard about the incident.
"The reality of it, that it really does happen and to always be aware of your surroundings and to really not venture off alone, to always have that same awareness at any age. It doesn't matter what age you are," explains Jena Thompson.
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