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Police stepping up patrols after third luring incident

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police are stepping up patrols in one part of Lexington, after a luring incident at a playground over the weekend.

The latest incident happened at a playground behind the Millpond shopping center around 7:00 Saturday evening. Police say two young girls were at the playground when they saw a man watching them from his truck. The man got out of his truck and asked one of the girls to come with him, but both girls ran away.

This isn't the first time something similar has happened in the Millpond area. On August 22, a 14-year-old girl was walking to a bus stop when a man tried to lure her into his truck.

In both cases, the suspect was described as a white man with dark hair. He was driving a dark red pickup with silver exhaust stacks.

Officials say now is a good time to remind your kids what to do in situations like this. In the latest incident, the two girls told police the suspect's truck had a 'J' in the license plate.

“What we need most of all is for parents to have that conversation with their kids about stranger danger. Teach your kids what to do if a stranger approaches them, if they speak to them, and most importantly, if they try to take them somewhere or lure them in a vehicle," says Sherelle Roberts, Public Information Officer for the Lexington Police Department.

A third luring incident happened last week, also involving a man in a truck attempting to lure a young girl at a bus stop. Police are unsure whether that incident is connected to the other two.

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