Residents in a Baltic neighborhood told Eyewitness News they are upset after a man allegedly tried to lure a little girl into his vehicle on Thursday afternoon.
Troopers said the possible abduction attempt happened just before 1:30 p.m.
The resident state trooper responded to River Street where a young girl reported being followed by a white utility van, possibly a Ford E350 with a dark-colored utility rack.
The man allegedly tried to lure the juvenile into the vehicle.
"Told her that he was here her mom sent to pick her up," said Wilfred Hart, the victim's uncle. "Um got candy and video games in the car...guess he went to open the side door."
However, the child ran to the closest home.
"Everybody's on edge about the situation," Hart said. "I'm happy for my niece that she stood up and did what she did and she listened to her parents, her aunt and everybody and ran."
The vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed, according to troopers.
The child said the man, who appeared to be in his late 40s, wore a gray tattered shirt and black shoes. He had a tattoo on his left forearm.
Police have reviewed local surveillance camera footage from the neighborhood and a nearby convenience store. They are hoping to identify the suspicious vehicle.
About 30 minutes later, a woman reported to police a suspicious man in a car in the Wauregan section of Plainfield. Police said no one approached the vehicle.
However, police increased patrols in that area of Plainfield.
Police said both cases involved a white man driving a white motor vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sprague resident state trooper's office at 860-822-3000, extension 207.
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