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Man Wanted for Child Luring Near Rogers Park Schools, Police Say

 A 16-year-old girl was approached by a man in a car near Sullivan High School, police said.
A 16-year-old girl was approached by a man in a car near Sullivan High School, police said.
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DNAinfo/Benjamin Woodard

ROGERS PARK — Police are looking for a man who attempted to lure two teenage schoolgirls into his car early Monday, according to a community alert.

A 13-year-old girl was waiting about 8 a.m. at the corner of Paulina Street and Morse Avenue when a man in a black, four-door vehicle stopped and asked her for directions, police said.

When the man asked her to approach the vehicle, she refused, police said.

The girl told police that she saw the man a short time later driving south on Paulina, then saw the same man parked across the street from the Chicago Math and Science Academy.

About 8:20 a.m., a 16-year-old was walking near Albion and Ashland avenues near Sullivan High School when a man matching the same description stopped and asked for directions, police said.

When she approached the vehicle, she observed the man "rubbing his genital area over his clothes," according to the alert.

The girl continued to school and the man drove east on Albion Avenue, police said.

Police described the man as white or Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, with short dark hair and an olive complexion. At the time he was wearing black sunglasses, a black leather jacket, a white T-shirt and shorts.

Rogers Park Police Cmdr. Thomas Waldera said at a community meeting Monday night that he hadn't detected a pattern of these cases beyond the two incidents.

"We are going to be all over it" Tuesday morning, he said.

Police encourage those with information about the incidents to call detectives at 312-744-8261.