Sketch Released of Men Who Tried to Lure Kids into Van

Four children were talking to school on March 26 when they said two men yelled at them to get into their van

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    Police released these sketches, based off descriptions provided by the children, of the two men who tried to abduct them last month.

    Police have issued a community alert for the North Side West Rogers Park neighborhood after two men attempted to lure four children into their van last month.

    The children, aged 4 through 12, were walking to school about 8:30 a.m. on March 26 in the 2100 block of West Jarvis, the alert said. A white, older model van with tinted windows approached near the intersection of Ridge and Jarvis.

    There were two men in the van and the driver told the kids to "Get in the car!" The men drove off south on Ridge when they spotted a Chicago Police car in the area. The children were not hurt.

    The children kept walking and the van continued to follow south on Ridge, the alert said, and the other man in the car said, "Get in the car or I’m going to get you in!"

    The driver was described as a heavy-set Hispanic man between 30 and 40 years old with a medium complexion, black hair styled in a Mohawk and a braided goatee, wearing a black T-shirt. He had a Spanish accent but the passenger did not.

    The other person in the van, also a Hispanic man, was between 30 and 35 years old, the kids told police. He had a dark complexion and no facial hair. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, had a diamond stud earring in his left ear and a teardrop tattoo under his left eye.

    Police ask that if anyone has any information about this incident, to call the Area North detectives at 312-744-8200.