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Neighborhoods on alert after an alleged attempted abduction

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Several subdivisions in Murfreesboro have been put on alert tonight after a brother and sister say two men tried to lure them inside their truck while they were playing at a nearby school. 

"Of course it's a concern being this close to home," said homeowner Hope Jackson.

Folks in the Regenwood Subdivision in Murfreesboro are on edge.

 "Abduction can happen in any neighborhood at any time, (it) doesn't matter where you live you're not immune to it," Jackson said. "So it's something people do need to be aware of."

Especially, after Regenwood homeowners were alerted that two strange men tried to lure a 12-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister into a white pickup Monday afternoon. They were playing behind the subdivision which backs up to Siegel Middle School and Siegel High School. 

"He told the small children to come in the truck and they wouldn't hurt them.  The children instantly ran away," said Regenwood Homeowners Association Secretary Lisa Rush.

According to neighbors, after the men approached the kids they ran home, and the babysitter called police.

"You need to be on the watch out especially with school starting up this week.  Any suspicious activity, any trucks idling in your neighborhood call the police, they want to help," Rush said.

Officers with Regenwood Homeowners Association have posted the alert on Facebook.  The word is also spreading to neighboring subdivisions like Regency Park. 

Jackson is already taking precautions.

"If they are forcefully grabbed, I've taught them to yell to the top of their lungs, you're not my mom, you're not my dad, and 911," Jackson added.

The children were not hurt, but they are still shaken up, according to neighbors.

"They are frightened as well as the babysitter, she's only 17," Lisa Rush said.

The children describe the two men as being white, one had a gold tooth.

They were driving a white pickup with some type of logo on it. 

If you have any information that can help identify these men, you're urged to give Murfreesboro police a call.

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