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Evanston police say a man tried to abduct a 16-year-old Chicago girl who was walking on Howard Street in Evanston last night.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the incident happened about 9:45 p.m. in the 1500 block of Howard. The teen says she was walking home when she was approached by a man who tried to cover her face with a white rag or towel, but she was able to flee on foot and wasn’t injured in the incident.

The man was last seen heading northbound on foot through a parking lot in the 130 block of Howard.

The suspect is described as a short white male in his 50s, weighinb about 130 pounds and wearing a brown hat and brown vest.

Evanston Police Juvenile Detectives are investigating the incident.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department Juvenile Division at 847-866-5050 or useText-A-Tip by texting CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line, followed by the tip information.  

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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