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Man Who Approached 2 Edina Girls Had Tape in Car

The Star Tribune reported that the 21-year-old man arrested last week after allegedly approaching two 8-year-old girls in Edina for directions had a roll of duct tape, condoms and a paintball gun in his car, according to newly released court documents.

Police found the items after arresting the Fairbault, Minn. man on suspicion of attempted kidnapping. He has not yet been charged and was released from jail last Friday.

Authorities said the two girls separately reported a man drove up to them Tuesday around 3:30 p.m., asking them to get in his vehicle and guide him to Concord Elementary School. Both girls refused to give the man directions, and ran home and told their parents, television news station Kare 11 additionally reported.


The man told police he was in the area for an appointment and was lost, the Star Tribune reported.

Kare 11 reported that deputy police chief Jeff Long said the girls were walking home from school when they were approached.

An Edina teenager and another woman saw one of the incidents and called police, whom Kare11 credits with having helped prevent possible child abductions. A teenage boy stopped his car when he spotted one of the girls talking to the man. Edina resident Erica Oberlein called the police after she drove up, learned what happened and followed the vehicle to get a license plate number.

"I'm glad this teen had the foresight to stop and ask the guy what he was doing," Oberlein said. "Had he not, I would not have stopped." (Kare 11)