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Published May 04, 2011, 10:11 AM

Man charged with abducting, assaulting 8-year-old

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A man has been charged with abducting an 8-year-old girl from a St. Paul Laundromat and sexually assaulting her.

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A man has been charged with abducting an 8-year-old girl from a St. Paul Laundromat and sexually assaulting her.

A criminal complaint filed in Anoka County Wednesday charges 48-year-old John Heuer with criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping. The girl's disappearance Sunday night triggered an Amber Alert. She was later found in Spring Lake Park, where Heuer lives.

Police say Heuer promised to show the girl a puppy as he lured her from her family at the Laundromat. Authorities say Heuer took the girl to his home and assaulted her. Police say she escaped from the home and was found wandering outside by a citizen.

Police Senior Cmdr. Bill Martinez tells the Star Tribun

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