Police are telling Fairview Heights area residents to be on alert after a group of men in a station wagon allegedly tried to coerce a 14-year-old girl into their vehicle.
According to police reports, the men began to follow the girl at about 5 p.m. Wednesday as she walked along Joseph Drive on her way home from a function at Pontiac School. The girl told police the men in the vehicle asked her to get in as they drove alongside her. When the driver of the car pulled into a driveway and one of the occupants started to get out, the girl ran home and called police.
Pontiac School surveillance cameras captured images of the vehicle which appears to be a dark red Dodge Magnum. Police said the suspects are black males. The girl described one passenger as being in his 20's and wearing a blue hoodie, while the driver was described as being in his 20's and wearing a black hoodie. She said at least one of the passengers seemed to be closer to her age.
Anyone with information about the men or the car is asked to call the Fairview Heights Police Department at 489-2100.