DESLOGE, Mo. (KMOV) – Authorities are investigating after a man allegedly solicited sexual acts from a 9-year-old girl in Desloge.
According to police, four kids were playing in the 500 block of South Harry Jr. Street around 8:15 p.m. Friday when a man pulled up in a black Ford Mustang.
Police said the man asked the kids where Brightwood Park is.
Authorities when said the 9-year-old moved closer to answer the question, he offered her money in exchange for oral sex.
Police said all four kids ran home and the suspect took off in the opposite direction. Authorities said they believe he wanted to get the girl close enough so he could grab her.
Neighbors said the news spread quickly through Facebook.
“The mother came down to let us know what had happened, what was said and, of course we have a daughter the same age as her daughter and it makes me not want to let them outside actually,” said neighbor Tom Boyer.
Authorities said a few hours later it happened again in Park Hills, located only a few minutes away.
“Same type of solicitation for sex,” said Chief James Bullock with the Desloge Police Department. “That’s scary. Yes it is more than one incident, makes it seem like they’re going to try harder.”
According to police, there were two men in the vehicle when it happened in Park Hills, but one of them matched the description of the Desloge suspect.
Police said the suspect in Desloge is a white man in his early 30s with a goatee. According to authorities, they have a good idea who they’re looking for and just have to find him.
The latest allegations come just two months after two abduction attempts happened in nearby Bonne Terre.
In one of those cases, two men pulled up in a black truck and offered to give a 7-year-old girl a ride. She refused and ran away.