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Suspicious man identified

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New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

The suspicious man in Somerset Township who was thought to try to abduct three children has been identified as a neighbor.

Last week, the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department was called after a man in a green Ford pickup truck tried to pickup three elementary students, ages 11, 10 and 5, as they walked home from school after exiting their bus in the 800 block of 160th Ave. When they refused to get in the truck, it was reported that the man appeared irritated, asked a second time and sped off.

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The kids later gave an accurate description of both the man and vehicle and the man was identified as a neighbor, according to a release from the sheriff's department. The man's name was not released. No charges will be filed.

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Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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