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Dyersville Neighbors Say Man Tried To Lure Children With Candy

DYERSVILLE, IA (KGAN/KFXA) -  On Sunday parents in Dyersville were up in arms after what theyre calling an attempted abduction. It happened in the 500 block of 9th Street Southeast.

I would never have thought anything like this would happen out here, Julie Henderson a mother of 7 children in the apartment complex said.

Henderson said a man in a car approached three young girls including two of her daughters. They were playing at a nearby park, and the car drove up the adjoining alley.  She said the driver offered the five, six and eight year old girls candy.   

He was saying, come and sit on my lap, come and sit on my lap, Dominique Bennett, a mother of seven that also lives in the complex said. 

Thats when a woman who witnessed the incident ran and grabbed Hendersons  five-year-old daughter who was both approaching the car, and getting ready to accept the candy. Henderson explained to her daughter why taking candy from a stranger was a bad idea.

She was really shaken, Henderson said. 

The incident sparked anger for some residents.

 To be honest, I was ready to bust him upside his head, Bennett said.

After the man left the scene, residents said they yelled at him to return. When he did, they said he cursed at Julie Hendersons husband who asked the driver why his daughters were approached. Julie said her husband pulled the man from his car and hit him before police arrived. Its unclear if either party will face charges.

Were working toward a resolution on this, were not jumping to any conclusions at this time, Dyersville Police Chief, Brent Schroeder, said.

Schroeder also added that regardless of the intention, he would caution anyone against handing out candy to children from their car when their parents arent aware of the situation.

Its always going to raise red flags, Schroeder said. 

Those red flags mean people like Bennett feel insecure in their own community.

Dont nobody feel safe like that at all, she said. 

Schroeder said his department, the Iowa State Patrol, and the Dubuque County Sheriffs office  came together to work on the incident where the driver was questioned and then released.

The release upset parents who said the man was seen later in the day, again driving near their apartments.

 The case has been forwarded to the Dubuque County Attorneys Office.  Police are not releasing the identity of the man who was questioned at this time.

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