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URGENT! Manhunt underway for suspect accused of trying to kidnap woman, teen **CAPTURED**

UPDATE

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the attempted kidnapper, Joseph Picard, was captured in Kenner, Louisiana.

Original Story

A manhunt in Metairie, Louisiana, is underway for a man who authorities say attempted to kidnap a woman and a teenage girl after he had allegedly tried to kidnap several children.

Police identified Joseph Picard, 40, as the would-be kidnapper. On Thursday, a group of children called police to report a man, later identified as Picard, who tried to lure them into his truck at a playground by offering them work. He told the children he would give them $100 if they came with him, reports the New Orleans Advocate.

Picard was questioned by police and later released.

Later that day around 8:15 p.m., police received a call from a teen girl who said a man grabbed her by the arm and told her to get in his gray or silver truck. She said he first approached her, asking if she had seen a little girl named Angie before he grabbed her arm. The teen’s description of her attacker matched Picard’s description.

Thirty minutes later, a 28-year-old woman called police reporting another failed kidnap attempt. She said a man grabbed her from behind and put what she thought was a knife to her neck.

The woman said she fell to the ground and began screaming. She fought the man off and was able to get away. She said about 10 minutes later she saw the gray or silver truck driving up and down the road close to her house.

Both the woman and the teen identified Picard as their attacker.

Picard drives a silver BMW X3 SUV with Louisiana license plate YPZ 945 and is described as 5’9″ and around 150 pounds.

WWLTV reports that investigators said that they think these incidents are related and have tried to reach Picard several times but were unable to.

Picard is wanted for attempted kidnapping, aggravated battery, and simple battery.

Anyone with information on Picard or his truck is asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

[Feature photo: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office]