Deputies received a call about the attempted robbery just after 9:00 Wednesday morning. With Lynnville Elementary just a few blocks away, deputies arrived quickly and put the school on lockdown.
"It is pretty scary. It's something that shouldn't happen in a small town, in a town like this at all. You wouldn't expect it from here," resident Jennifer Foot said.
Jennifer Foot lives in one of the apartments in the direction where the victim said the suspect ran.
"When the deputies arrived, she was still under the front of the truck and the truck was up against the wall, the front wall of the pole barn," Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse said.
Deputies say the victim told them she went out to her barn Wednesday morning and the suspect was waiting for her. She said he wanted money and the pick up truck, which is when the two got into a scuffle.
"She gave us a description, no height, but she said it was a white male, beard, long straggly hair, wearing camouflage jacket and back pack. No one has seen anyone that matches that description in the area, this morning," Sheriff Kruse said.
Several state troopers and deputies arrived quickly and canvassed the area with a K-9 unit. The dog didn't pick up a scent and there were no footprints in the snow.
When asked if people should feel like they are in danger, Sheriff Kruse told 14 News, "Yes to an extent. I don't know what this guy's intention was, but obviously he was trying to get money from her, is what she is telling us. I guess he was going to steal the truck and why he didn't, I don't know."
Residents were shocked to hear something like this could happen in their town.
"I never lock my doors. We always leave keys in our vehicles, we never lock our car doors. We are originally from Boonville, and that is the same thing we do there. It's just not something you would hear about in these small towns," Foot said.
When asked Foot if she was going to start locking her doors, she said, "Maybe but at the same time, I don't want to feel like I'm always consumed by fear and have to lock my doors all the time."
Sheriff Kruse says this isn't the first time they've dealt with the victim.
The school was on lockdown for about two hours as a precaution.
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