BONNE TERRE, Missouri (KMOV) -- Police are searching for two men who attempted to abduct a 7-year-old child in Bonne Terre on Wednesday.
According to police, an overweight man and a man with a gray beard approached the victim near the intersection of Hamilton and Desoto around 5:30 p.m. and tried to get her into their truck.
“They asked if I needed a ride,” said the first-grader. “I said, ‘no, I live right down there.’ I just ran.”
Police said the suspects drove away after the girl refused and ran away.
The girl told police the suspects were driving a black Ford truck with an extended cab and a ladder in the bed.
“She come running in the house crying that a black truck had stopped her and asked her to get in the vehicle and take a ride,” said Terri woods, the victim’s grandmother
Police in Bonne Terre say the Terre du Lac community reported a similar attempt about six miles away.
“A young child reported a same vehicle, black truck, two subjects inside tried to stop and coax them into the vehicle,” said Lt. Bill Stegall. “Thankfully they took off running as well.”
Anyone with information on either of the incidents is asked to call the Bonne Terre Police Department at (573) - 431-3131.