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Walnut girl reports attempted abduction

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 11:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 11:19 a.m. CDT

WALNUT — Walnut police are searching for anyone with information regarding a suspected child abduction attempt Thursday evening in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Chief Thomas Ptasnik said the alleged victim, an 11-year-old girl, was riding her bike at about 9 p.m. Thursday with two friends. The girl hurt her leg while riding her bike and told the two friends to go on without her.

Within a minute, Ptasnik said, a man in a silver-gray van approached her and spoke with her. Ptasnik said the man asked the girl was she was all right and she told him that she was fine. He then allegedly asked if she wanted a ride and she told him no. At that time, the girl said the man got out of the van and grabbed her. She kicked him as hard as she could and screamed, at which time the man looked around then dropped her and left in the van, the chief said.

Ptasnik said the van was last seen southbound on Main Street. The girl said she had never seen him before and didn’t know who he was.

Chances are that the man is not from Walnut because people living in town know everybody, said Ptasnik.

“We have a lot of people looking out,” Ptasnik said. “We have not had any calls or leads.”

The man is described as 50ish with black hair, no facial hair or distinguishing marks or scars. He was wearing a black shirt with a gray circle and a white design in the circle and blue jeans.

Ptasnik is urging anyone with any information to call the police department at 815-379-9000 or 815-303-8081 or call Crime Stoppers at Bureau/Putnam County Crime Stoppers at 800-939-6929.

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