PBL warns of man who asked questions of teen in Paxton

PAXTON — Police are seeking help in identifying a man who approached a teenager in Paxton on Friday morning and asked her several "strange and personal questions."

Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district Superintendent sent an automated message to parents about the incident around noon. In the message, McClure said the man approached a 16-year-old girl in the 100 block of South Market Street in downtown Paxton and asked her "several strange and personal questions."

The teen got into her vehicle, locked the doors and called her parents, who called police, McClure said.

The man left on foot, heading south on Market Street toward the Paxton Carnegie Library.

The man was described as white, about 5-feet-10 and 40 years old, wearing a red-white-and-blue bandana, blue jeans and a dark-colored, possibly leather, jacket.

PBL officials are asking the public to call Paxton police immediately if they see a person who matches the description.

Paxton police investigator Doug Balk said police are treating the incident as a "very strange incident," rather than necessarily an attempted child abduction. There have been three possible child abduction attempts so far this school year in Paxton.

McClure said PBL schools continue to take a proactive approach to keeping students, parents and staff informed about the incidents.

"We're informing students, and we're letting parents know, and we're taking the same safety precautions as we have all fall, by talking about personal safety," McClure said. "I would say students are well aware of that by now."

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