Newton County, Ark. Sheriff's Office investigates attempted abduction of 2 teenagers

WESTERN GROVE, Mo. -- The Newton County (Ark.) Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of an attempted abduction of two teenagers.

The incident happened Saturday in Western Grove.

Investigators say a caller reported the two girls had been approached by a man carrying a large stick. The man reportedly said "let's go play" to the girls. As the girls began to walk away, the man then chased them. The chase lasted about a half-mile. The girls say the man grabbed one of them, then got away.

Officers searched the area but found nobody. Investigators say he described the man as a "total meth head," saying he was slender with sunken-in cheeks with blonde hair.

"At this point, we don't know the identity of the man, but we are taking this very seriously and are asking area kids and parents to be extra vigilant," Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said. "If you think you know who this man is, or see any such person acting suspiciously, please call the sheriff's office."

The Newton County Sheriff's Office can be reached at (870) 446-5124.

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