Urbana police investigate report of man approaching 12-year-old

URBANA — Urbana police have been investigating an incident that happened Monday afternoon in which a 12-year-old girl said she was approached by a man in a truck offering her ice cream.

Lt. Bryant Seraphin said the Urbana Middle School Student was in the 1600 block of South Curtiss Drive, not very far from her home, about 4 p.m. when a man in a red pickup truck pulled up near her. Seraphin said he asked her if she wanted ice cream.

"She said, 'No. I don't know you,' then ran home and went inside and locked the door," he said.

The truck lingered a couple of minutes before driving off, he said.

Seraphin said the police department was told of the encounter about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Seraphin said the patrol report had no explanation for the family's reason for waiting to call police.

"I'm all for them calling us because a lot of times we can find out if there is a totally innocent reason for someone being there that can be misconstrued," he said, adding he was not saying that about Monday's incident.

The only description police have for the man in the truck is that he is white, between 30 and 40 years old, "chunky," with a grayish beard or goatee.

Seraphin said police would like anyone with information to call them at 384-2320 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

The Urbana School District put information about the incident on its website and sent information about it home Wednesday.

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