CHICAGO — Police are warning of two men who have tried to lure children with candy in South Austin in two separate incidents.
At 3 p.m. on May 31, a boy was walking north in the 1000 block of North Latrobe Avenue when a man in a black SUV asked the boy if he would like some candy. When the boy declined, the man offered to give him a ride, but the boy refused the offer. The man then told the boy his mother sent him to pick him up from school and told the boy to get into the car. The boy ran home.
The man is described as black, 20 to 27 years old, 5-foot-8, 150 to 175 pounds and with yellow-colored teeth.
In another incident, at 7 p.m. on June 3, a 7-year-old girl was crossing the street in the 5900 block of West Huron Street when a man attempted to lure her toward his van, cops said. Police said the man, described as white or white Hispanic, 45 to 55 years old, with a gray goatee, stepped out of a white cargo van, opened the rear door of the van and asked the girl, "Do you want some candy?"
The man showed the girl a handful of candy and waved her toward the van, but the girl ran to her home and the man fled, police said.
Police described another man, the van's passenger, as white or white Hispanic with a full beard. The van is white with an orange ladder on the roof; its rear side windows were missing, and there were markings on the hood.