FESTUS, Mo.- Two middle school girls in Festus are being praised for helping officers catch the man wanted for allegedly attempting to abduct them.
The attempt happened at Festus' R6 Elementary School Monday afternoon.
"On their walk by the elementary school, an individual in a vehicle attempted to reach out and grab them and they immediately ran to report it," said Dr. Link Lutrell, Superintendent at R6 Elementary.
Police say the girls got a very good description of the man and the quick work by the school district helped police make an arrest in just five minutes.
Police, however, say the man was with a parent who had gone in the elementary school and concluded that he wasn't really trying to abduct the children.
"The evidence we have now, it seems to us to be a practical joke gone bad," said Festus Police Chief Tim Lewis.
Police say the joke is no laughing matter and the man could face one of several charges in the incident.
The suspect is currently in jail because of an unrelated warrant for his arrest having to do with a traffic violation in St. Louis.