The Chicago Police Department Bureau of Detectives – Area North has issued a community alert for the 15th District (Austin). Police are seeking a suspect in the attempted luring of a child.
Sometime between 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. on March 30, 2015, after two 9-year-old boys had been dismissed from their school in the 700 block of North Lorel Avenue and were walking south towards Huron Street, a white van pulled up next to them. A black male exited the van and said to the boys, “Come here, I got some candy for you,” while holding the candy in his hand.
The boys did not respond and kept walking. The van began following them, at which time they ran away and told family members about what had happened. The boys also reported that there had been another black male in the passenger seat of the van.
The man who exited the van is described as a black male between 30 and 40 years old. He is said to be 6’0″ tall and 180 pounds. At the time of the incident, the man was wearing a black hat, sunglasses, a dark jacket over a black hoodie and dark pants. There was no other description of the passenger except that he was a black male.
The vehicle is described as a white van with both a driver’s side window and a passenger’s side window. Additionally, there were two windows on the rear doors of the van. No license plate information is currently available.
The Chicago PD asks anyone who sees any suspicious people or activity to call 911. Those walking should do so in pairs and are advised not to talk to strangers or to approach strange vehicles. In addition, residents are advised to travel only in well-lit and populated areas and to remain aware of their surroundings.
If anyone has any information regarding the incident on March 30, they are asked to call the Chicago Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8266. Those wishing to remain anonymous can submit tips at Tipsoft.com. Reference case number is RD# HY-205085 and Alert HY205085-CA.
By Jennifer Pfalz
Chicago Police Department Community Alert
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