Police investigating attempts to lure girls into vehicles
BY BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com September 13, 2013 4:44PM
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:44AM
JOLIET — Police on Friday were investigating two Thursday morning incidents, each involving a man trying to get a young girl into a vehicle.
In both cases, the suspect is described as a white man in his 50s with white hair and a beard.
“It may be two different suspects or the same man who has access to different vehicles,” Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton said.
At 7 a.m., an 11-year-old girl was approached near Hickory and Lafayette streets by a man driving a newer silver pickup truck.
“He said, ‘Good morning,’ and waved her over to the truck (but) she ran from him and went over to her friends,” Benton said.
About 8:30 a.m., a 9-year-old girl was in the 1300 block of Center Street when a man approached in a gray, older-model, four-door car. This suspect told the girl, “Get in the car,” but she turned and ran home, Benton said.
Benton said extra patrols have been assigned to the areas, which are about two miles apart.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 815-724-3020 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers of Will County at 800-323-6734.