Posted: Jan 14, 2013 10:20 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2013 7:46 AM
There have been two attempted abductions in two days in Nelson County. Both of them happened near the Cracker Barrel just off the Bluegrass Parkway in Bardstown.
The first attempted abduction happened friday. Police say a Cracker Barrel employee was walking to work, when a white van pulled pulled up, and the driver offered her a ride. She said no, but police say he kept at it. Investigators say the woman pointed to a guy across the parking lot, saying he was her husband, and the man in the van sped off. Originally, she didn't call police.
"We definitely don't want to panic our community, but we want people to be aware of their surroundings," says Captain Tom Roby, who is investigating both incidents.
On Saturday afternoon, police say another Cracker Barrel worker was in the parking lot, and as she approached her car, a man grabbed her from behind, saying she was going with him. Investigators say the woman screamed and a stranger ran over to help. We're told the woman saw her attacker get in a white van and drive away. After she reported the incident to police, the woman involved in the first attempted abduction came forward.
"Both are shaken, and after the second incident, the first individual realized how bad it could have been," Roby says.
Both women got a good look at the man who tried to coerce them into his van. Police say he's between 50 and 60 years old, had a salt and pepper colored beard, and is about five feet seven inches tall. The victims say the white van he was driving was an older model, though they didn't know what kind. Police say the first three letters of the license plate could be J-H-L. Police also say the van had what looked like painter's equipment in the back,
Police are working to get surveillance video from Cracker Barrel. The restaurant chain tells LEX 18 they have no comment on what happened.