CHAMPAIGN — Three more attempted child abductions have been reported in Champaign, bringing to 10 the number of such incidents reported in East Central Illinois this month.
The latest report is from 8:15 a.m. Friday. A 10-year-old boy said he was approached by a white male who asked him if he wanted a ride. The boy ran, and the suspect did not chase him, police said.
The man is described as in his 40s with long blond hair and a blond/brown short beard. He was driving an older model red truck with a silver bumper with dents on the passenger side, police said.
Unit 4 school district officials sent an advisory to parents, saying the incident happened at the intersection of Elm Boulevard and Daniel Street. The streets do not intersect, but Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said the incident appears to have happened near Pine and Daniel streets, near South Side School.
On Thursday, a Champaign officer took a report of an incident at 6 p.m. Tuesday nearly Bradley Avenue and Bloomington Road.
The 13-year-old girl had difficulty describing the exact location of the incident, police said. She said two white men in a red truck asked her if she wanted a ride.
She did not answer and kept walking. They continued driving with no further contact with the girl.
Also on Thursday, there was a report of a white male who offered a 9-year-old boy candy at 2:09 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Hollycrest Drive and William Street.
A man got out of a van and approached the boy after he got off the bus and his friends went home. He ran from the suspect, who did not chase him. The boy described the man as tall and skinny with shoulder-length hair, police said.
Champaign Lt. Joe Gallo said, "There may be some type of hypersensitivity to this. We are treating them as real."
"We've never had this many (reports) in this short of time, and all over the place as far as vehicle description and suspect description," he added.
The Champaign County sheriff's office, the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Illinois State Police are also working on the case.
"Because these cases are a top priority for our department, we have sought additional assistance from other law enforcement agencies, and are adding extra patrol in school zone areas," Chief R.T. Finney said in a news release.
"As we continue to investigate each case, we are reminding the community to remain vigilant in protecting our children and to immediately report all crimes of this kind to police," he added.
Information can reported to Champaign police by calling 351-4545, or callers can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS (8477).
Information can also be sent by anonymous Web tip at http://www.373tips.com or by cellphone by texting keyword CCTIP plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).
In earlier attempted abduction reports, a 13-year-old girl was at the Dobbins Downs playground about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. A man riding a bicycle invited the girl to come to his home to help him with groceries, and promised to give her candy if she joined him.
When the girl began to yell, the man on the bicycle rode away from the area.
Police describe the man as white, about 39 years old, 6 feet, 4 inches tall, 150 pounds with curly, reddish blond hair and blue eyes. The girl said she earlier saw the man in the area several times, riding in a red truck with another man.
Police said a black man in his 30s or 40s, wearing an earring, was behind abduction attempts in the Dobbins Downs neighborhood on Sept. 20 and the 1500 block of West Kirby Avenue on Monday.
Police also believe a white man with blond hair in his 20s or 30s is responsible for attempted abductions at Kenwood Road and Sangamon Drive on Monday and at Doverbrook and Stonebridge drives on Tuesday.
Around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, a black man with freckles and braided gray hair reportedly asked a girl near Fourth Street and Beardsley Avenue where her parents were and ordered her to get into his van.
Another attempt was also reported in Paxton on Sept. 20.
Mary Schenk contributed to this report.