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Man suspected of trying to lure boy in West Chicago
By Elisabeth Mistretta | Daily Herald Staff

West Chicago Police Department officials have provided this sketch of a suspect they say tried to lure a child into his van Monday morning.

 

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Published: 12/23/2008 3:12 PM

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West Chicago police are searching for a suspect they say tried to lure a child into his van Monday afternoon, Dec. 22, outside of a food store on the 900 block of North Neltnor Boulevard.

A woman reported that as her 8-year old son was walking to their car around 2:20 p.m. in the parking lot when a man driving a full-size, gray or silver cargo work van drove by her child. The mother, who was walking within earshot of her son, heard the man try to lure the boy to his car with the promise of candy, reports said.

The mother told police she made eye contact with the van driver, who then sped up and was last seen driving westbound through the parking lot.

Police say the driver never stopped the van or attempted to make physical contact with the child.

Other than being described as being in good condition, there are no further details or a license plate number available for the van.

The driver is described as a white male, approximately 60 years old with thin facial features, a salt-and-pepper colored beard and mustache and silver, wire-frame glasses. Reports said he appeared dirty and unkempt.

Anyone with information on the incident should call the West Chicago Police Department at (630) 293-2222.