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Police say attempted abductions may be related


Police say they believe three attempted attacks in Stevens Point are connected.

"We don't know until we start getting some suspects, but I think the information is probably close enough that it is the same person," said Sgt. Tony Babl of the Stevens Point Police Department.

The incidents began in October. Police say they involve a man approaching young women and trying to pull them into his car.

Police say the leads keep coming in, but they still don't have a suspect.

"We've checked every tip out. We are also checking the sex offenders who have been released in the area. We're working with probation and parole," said Sgt. Babl.

The latest attempted abduction near the UW-Stevens Point campus has some students criticizing the university's response to the incident.

UWSP senior Kate Carson says officials should have done more to inform students.

"I feel like there need to be a system in place to warn students to potential threats," said Carson.

UWSP officials say they do have a system to warn students. It includes emails, alerts on campus computers and speaker systems throughout the university.

"One of the really neat things that we're doing and testing this spring is sending emergency texts," said Kate Worster, executive director of communications at UWSP.

UWSP leaders say text alerts will improve their emergency communications with students.

"If you can use all of these items, and you can use them in a coordinated way, which this new system will allow us to do, then we can reach a lot of people very quickly," said Worster.

Officials hope the new text alert system will be ready by the end of the spring semester.

Police say the man they're looking for is white, in his mid-50s, has a gray beard and a stocky build.

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