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Investigation underway into an attempted abduction attempt in Walnut

Posted by wlpo on June 13, 2014

Patrols are being ramped up in and around Walnut after an alleged child abduction attempt.

Walnut Police Chief Thomas Ptasnik says an 11-year old girl told them she was approached Thursday night by a man in a silver van who asked if she was alright after she had fallen from her bike. The girl said no when the man asked if she needed a ride. He then allegedly got out of the van and grabbed her. She told police she kicked the man as hard as she could and ran away.

Ptasnik says the van was last seen heading south on Main Street in Walnut. The man is in his 50s with black hair and was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. If you have information call the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office.

Ptasnik says he believes this is a credible report.

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