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Police search for South Side kidnapping suspect

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago police are investigating an attempted abduction in the city's Woodlawn neighborhood.

An 11-year-old girl told police she was walking home from school, along 1000 block of East 63rd, when a masked man grabbed her and tried to force her into the back of a white van with paint over the windows.

The incident happened Monday around 3:50 P.M. The girl ran to a nearby family member's house and called police.

“It's just crazy that that happened, it's just crazy that there's sick people out here like that,” said Curtis Jackson, who was walking his daughter home from school along the same route the 11-year-old girl was walking.

In addition to telling police she was grabbed by a man with a mask on, the 11-year-old also told detectives she saw another girl, about 12 years old, duct taped and screaming for help in the back of the van.

Police have checked security cameras in the area, but none captured any video of the van or the incident. At the nearby Woodlawn Campus of the University of Chicago charter school, where the victim is reportedly a student, administrators warned other students to be careful.

“When we was in the auditorium today everybody was telling us be careful, if you're walking home by yourself walk with friends, don't be on your phone, just stay alert,” said 13-year-old Keirah Jackson, who's a freshman at the school.

Community alerts are posted in the area, and many students and their parents have expressed concern about the reported incident.

“I have my work schedule set to where I can pick my kids up from school that way I don't have to worry about that problem, anybody abducting them,” said Curtis Jackson.

“It's not safe, but I feel safe when my father meets me,” Keirah added.

Police detectives have interviewed the 11-year-old girl several times and her story has remained consistent according to News Affairs. But some residents remain a bit skeptical because at the time of the reported incident, 63rd Street is usually very busy with traffic and other students walking home from school.

“Nobody seen anything, nobody heard anything, nobody seen her running, screaming, you would think someone would be screaming, hollering, kicking if someone was trying to abduct them,” Curtis said.

Chicago Police have also said they have received no reports of any missing children fitting the description of the girl reportedly seen in the back of the van. But at this point they are treating this as a bonafide incident.

The suspect is described as an older, black man, standing about 5-foot-11, with graying hair on his wrist, police said. He was wearing a black ski mask, a long black-sleeved shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information should contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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