LAKE ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Lake St. Louis Police are keeping a close eye on churches, camps and day care centers where children may be this week. An attempted abduction Wednesday night put them on alert.
A nine-year-old girl told officers a white male about six feet tall wearing dark clothes and a black ski mask offered her $20 if she would go with him.
"Good head on the young lady. She ran away, got with her parents and wound up telling them the story," said Police Chief Michael Force Thursday. Force explained children had been outside the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints playing tag when the incident happened.
"I didn`t see anything myself," said Bishop Kirk Remund of the church. Remund said adults had been outside on the property as various activities for children wrapped up Wednesday night about 8:30 pm. But no adult actually saw the suspect.
"This is a little bit of a surprise to us all, a little bit of a shock and again we`re taking steps to protect our children when we have our activities at the church," Remund told FOX2 News.
The church building at Lake St. Louis Boulevard and South Henke Road is used by three separate 'wards' or congregations of the Mormon church on Sunday and during the week. Remund said all the groups will discuss safety issues.
He also urged parents to talk to their children about how to respond to strangers who approach them.
Chief Force is urging members of the public to join in on the watch for anyone suspicious who is in areas children frequent. "If there is behavior that seems out of the ordinary, please give us a call."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lake St. Louis Police at 636-625-8018.