Chicago police release community alert, sketch after attempted child luring on playground at Bell Elementary School

May 28, 2013 1:02:48 PM PDT
Chicago police have issued a community alert after a young boy was approached by a man on the playground at Bell Elementary School in the North Center neighborhood.

According to the alert, a 10-year-old boy exited the school building, located at 3730 North Oakley Avenue, around 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

While waiting next to the school building, the boy was approached by an unknown male suspect, who stated he was there to pick him up on behalf of his mother.

The victim ran away and the suspect left the school grounds, according to the alert.

The suspect is described in the alert as:
- Male black
- 25 to 35-years-old
- 5'8"-5'10" with a skinny to medium build
- Short black hair, brown eyes, and no facial hair or glasses
- Gold colored braces on his teeth
- Wearing a blue Chicago Cubs baseball cap backwards on his head, short-sleeved black colored t-shirt, light-colored blue jeans, black and blue velcro flip flops

Police urge residents to call 911 to report any suspicious people or activity. Additionally, they advise children to walk in pairs and be aware of their surroundings. Parents should also caution childn not talk to strangers or approach strange vehicles.

The school is also encouraging parents to talk to their children about how to respond in a similar situation. School officials sent a letter to parents following the incident.

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