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Van spotted in Louisville may be tied to attempted abductions

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Mike Sullivan Mike Sullivan
The incident happened around 9 Thursday morning at the Republic Bank. The incident happened around 9 Thursday morning at the Republic Bank.
Judy Fears Judy Fears

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Could it have been another attempted abduction? Police say a man matching a description in Bardstown has struck again, this time in Louisville Thursday morning.

It happened around 9 a. m. at the Republic Bank off of the Gene Snyder Freeway and Bardstown Road. Police believe the suspect matches the description of the man in a similar case in Bardstown.

"It's sad. It's pathetic that there's these deranged people running around," said concerned resident Judy Fears.

Police say that appears to be the case again, with a man described as in his 50's driving a white box van targeting women, this time at the Fern Creek bank.

"An employee was walking in the bank and was approached by a male subject who asked some questions and then actually pulled up to the subject at the front door," said LMPD Major Mike Sullivan.

The female employee was able to get inside the bank and the van drove off.

"The person wasn't touched or assaulted in anyway similar to some of the other incidents," Sullivan said.

Ironically there's a Cracker Barrel right next door to the bank; that's where police say similar incidents have been taking place in Bardstown.

"We're in close contact with Bardstown police; we have detectives that are talking back and forth," Sullivan said.

At the Cracker Barrel in Bardstown, two different women describe the same thing:  a man in his 50's offering a ride, and in at least one situation, he got aggressive and tried to force one of the women into his van.

While that didn't happen at the Republic Bank in Louisville early Thursday morning, it's an alarming situation that's making everyone think twice.

"It makes you very cautious and scared," Fears said.

"I was even scared coming to the Cracker Barrel today to meet them just thinking about what had happened," concerned resident Julie Morse said.

Police say there are things you can do to keep yourself safe.

"Be aware of your surroundings. We know that with the smart phones these days, people will get out and put their phone in their face other than paying attention to their surroundings," Morse said.

Police are also working to get a possible sketch of the suspect. If you have any information, about the suspect, call or text the anonymous police tip line at 574-LMPD.

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