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Man tries to lure girls into van

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Evanston police are seeking help from the public in learning more about two incidents in the past 24 hours in which a man tried to lure young girls into a blue van.

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Commander Tom Guenther says that about 5:50 p.m. Sunday a blue van, similar to the one pictured below, approached two female juveniles as they walked in the area of Oakton and Darrow.

Guenther says the male driver called out to the girls to get into the van. The girls refused to do so. He then got out of the van and again urged them to get into it. At that point, Guenther says, the girls began to scream for help and ran from the area. The driver is believed to have entered the van and driven away eastbound on Oakton from Darrow.

This morning about 8:30 a.m. 14-year-old female was standing in front of Chute School, 1400 Oakton St.


Evanston police are seeking help from the public in learning more about two incidents in the past 24 hours in which a man tried to lure young girls into a blue van.

blue-mini-van-090914.jpg

Commander Tom Guenther says that about 5:50 p.m. Sunday a blue van, similar to the one pictured below, approached two female juveniles as they walked in the area of Oakton and Darrow.

Guenther says the male driver called out to the girls to get into the van. The girls refused to do so. He then got out of the van and again urged them to get into it. At that point, Guenther says, the girls began to scream for help and ran from the area. The driver is believed to have entered the van and driven away eastbound on Oakton from Darrow.

This morning about 8:30 a.m. 14-year-old female was standing in front of Chute School, 1400 Oakton St.

She reported to police that a blue van drove up to her and the driver motioned for her to get in.

The teen refused to do so and went into the school to report it to school authorities. When school staff checked for the van, it was not in the area.

In both incidents, the victims describe the van as blue in color, possibly a Chrysler product. No license plate information was obtained.

Guenther says the driver is described as a male, possibly Hispanic, in his 30’s, approx. 5-feet-10-inches tall and of a heavy build.

On Sunday, the subject wore a blue/white striped shirt and blue jeans. On Monday, the victim stated that he was wearing a red shirt. He may have a “cross” tattoo on his left forearm. In the first incident, the victims noted the van had several crosses hanging from the rear view mirror.

Police advice

When possible, make sure there is adult supervision around when children are enroute to schools or waiting for a school bus.

Have children walk in groups. Offenders are less likely to approach a large group of children.

Remind your children not to approach strange vehicles or persons they do not know. If anyone does try to speak to them or approaches them, they should run to their home, a known neighbor’s home, or a place of safety such as a school, fire station or other public area and report the incident to an adult.

Make sure that the police are notified of any suspicious activity involving children.

If anyone has information on these incidents, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5050 or 847-866-5040.

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