Attempted child luring in south Minneapolis under investigation

The Minneapolis Police Department is asking for any tips and surveillance video that could help them identify the suspect in an attempted child luring case in the Fulton neighborhood of Minneapolis.

According to police, the incident happened around noon on Sunday in the 3800 block of 52nd Street West in Minneapolis.

Investigators learned a child was outside playing with a parent. The parent went inside the home briefly, but when they returned there was a man with "his arms extended toward the child." The parent yelled and the man left in a gray or silver vehicle with some damage to the front bumper. The parent saw the vehicle in the area shortly before the encounter.

The suspect is described as a man in his 40s with black or gray hair and a goatee, wearing a dark or blue jacket.

Anyone with information or possible surveillance video of the incident or vehicle is asked to contact the CrimeStoppers line at 1-800-222-8477 or text the tip at 847411.

In December, a similar incident took place in neighboring Linden Hills where a man attempted to abduct a preteen girl near 41st Street West and Chowen Avenue South. Police have not said whether the two incidents may be connected.