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Two suspects interviewed, not arrested in connection to possible enticement in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque Police say they have identified and interviewed the two men suspected of allegedly trying to lure an 8-year-old girl into their car with a puppy.

They say the incident happened Sunday evening in the 1000 block of High Bluff Street.  According to police, that girl was riding her bicycle when she was approached by a man in a vehicle who allegedly tried to entice her into his vehicle. Police say the girl fled the area, returned home and alerted the mother.

Now police say they were able to use private surveillance and traffic camera footage to find the vehicle, and identify two suspects who were in the car at the time.  They've been interviewed, but so far, no arrests have been made.

"Often times, officers want to make arrest, but we have to have the probable cause to do so, we have to meet the criteria set forth by the Iowa Code. So we have those parameters we have to operate within, and in this particular case, we couldn't move forward with an arrest at the time. I understand why that's frustrating and hard for people to comprehend, but we're held to that standard, so unfortunately, that's where we're at," said Lt. Scott Baxter with the Dubuque Police.

Baxter says this incident is still under investigation, and the police are working with the Dubuque County Attorney to determine if any charges are warranted.

In the meantime, Baxter expressed his gratitude to people in the area who cooperated with police and shared surveillance video that helped identify the suspects.

"I can't begin to tell you how important that is. It's a perfect example of good community policing, of citizens and law enforcement working together. This isn't the first case where we've been able to make significant progress because of private surveillance," he said.

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