August 29, 2014

Police: Man tries to lure 11-year-old boy into car

East St. Louis Police are searching for a man who allegedly tried to lure an 11-year-old boy into a vehicle Thursday.

East St. Louis Juvenile Detective Sgt. Gilda Johnson said the unnamed boy told police he was walking in the 7300 block of State Street when an unknown black male driving a green SUV drove up and demanded that he get inside of the car. The boy did not obey the stranger, Johnson said.

The boy escaped by running away.

A witness in the area heard the driver's demand and asked the boy if what she thought she heard was actually said by the unnamed driver. The boy confirmed that she was right.

"The witness told the boy to run home , while she watched, and tell his mother what happened," Johnson said.

The juvenile said the man has a dark complexion and a bald head. If anyone spots this vehicle or thinks they may know someone with a vehicle like the one described or matches the description of the suspect, the East St. Louis Police Department would like to hear from you. Your information will be kept confidential. The number to call is 482-6767.

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