Women report attempted abduction attempts in Bardstown

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 Bardstown Police are investigating two reports of attempted abductions that occurred over the weekend in the Cracker Barrel parking lot.

On Friday, a female Cracker Barrel employee was walking from the area next to Chili’s to Cracker Barrel when an old white van pulled alongside her at 1:30 p.m., according to a press release. Inside the van was a white male, possibly 50-60 years of age, with a scruffy beard.

The man allegedly offered a ride to the employee, who refused and continued walking.

According to the press release, the unidentified man persistently tried to get the Cracker Barrel woman into the van.

While walking to Cracker Barrel, the woman observed a younger white male in the rear of the van and some items commonly used by painters. She also saw that the side door to the van was open.

As the suspect drove next to the employee, the woman observed a man standing beside a truck in the Lowe’s parking lot. She lied and told the suspect the man was her husband. 

Once the suspect saw the man in the parking lot, he sped away from the area, according to the press release.

Police said the Cracker Barrel employee shrugged off the incident as “overzealous flirtation” and decided to “shrug off the incident.”

Shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday, another female Cracker Barrel employee was walking to her vehicle in the restaurant’s parking lot.

The woman noticed a white van parked next to her vehicle. The woman was reportedly unaware of what allegedly occurred the day before.

As she walked to her vehicle, she saw an older white male with “salt-and-pepper” colored hair leaning out the side door to the white van.

According to the press release, the man allegedly grabbed the woman’s arms from behind and told her she “was going with him.”

The employee screamed out and an unidentified man in the parking lot yelled at the suspect to “let her go,” and the man began to walk towards the suspect, according to the release.

The man then entered the van and fled the area in an unknown direction of travel.

The vehicle is described as a white extended van. The first three letters on the van’s license plate are JHL. Police said the female described what appeared to be some type of cage behind the front seats of the van.

Police believe both incidents are related because of the suspect, vehicle descriptions and the location of the incidents.

The incidents were not reported to police until 9:40 a.m. Sunday.

Bardstown Police are investigating both incidents.

Anyone with information regarding both attempted abductions are asked to call Bardstown Police at 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at 348-3211.