Shortly after 7 p.m. on April 27th, 2021, North Mankato Police responded to a report of two 9-year-old juveniles being approached by two suspects and asked to get into a vehicle. The juveniles were playing near Monroe and Bridges Elementary Schools when a red GMC pickup truck, with no topper, and rust along the wheel wells, drove up next to the juveniles.

 

The occupants, described as two white males in their 30’s, reportedly wearing full ski masks, told the juveniles to get into the car and that they had candy. The juveniles left the area on their bicycles and believed the vehicle may have been following them. The juveniles went home and told their parents of what happened. Officers responded and spoke to the juveniles and searched the area thoroughly but did not find a vehicle matching that description.

 

North Mankato Police are investigating. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Lt. Nicole Adams at 507/625-7883.

 

“These two kids did exactly what they were supposed to do,” says Chief of Police Ross Gullickson. “These types of situations are very rare, and kids may not always remember or know what to do. Whether in their own neighborhood, or visiting somewhere else, we would encourage parents to remind their children of what to do should an unknown person or vehicle approach them.”