Man wanted for trying to lure girl into van on Far South Side

May 30, 2009 1:11:28 PM PDT
Police have issued a community alert seeking a man wanted for attempting to lure an 11-year-old girl inside a van Thursday afternoon on the Far South Side.The incident happened in the 10600 block of South Ewing Avenue at 5:15 p.m., according to a Calumet Area community alert.

A Hispanic man approached the girl as she was walking and attempted to lure her into his van, the alert said. The girl ran to a nearby drug store and called her mother, who reported the incident to police.

The offender is described as a 40-year-old Hispanic man with a large afro and a long beard. He was driving an older model burgundy and tan passenger van, according to the alert.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Calumet Area detectives at (312) 747-8272.