Man tried to lure 2 girls with candy on West Side

Police are looking for a man who tried to lure two girls with candy Thursday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.

A 9-year-old girl and her 6-year-old sister were walking out of Hay Elementary Community Academy, at 1018 N. Laramie Ave., around 4:45 p.m. after finishing their after-school program when they saw a black man standing next to a white van, according to an alert from the Chicago Police Department.

The man said: “Hi girls, do you want some candy?”

The two girls then came back inside the school and notified school personnel about the incident, according to the alert.

The man had left by the time school officials had gone outside.

The suspect is a black man wearing a black hat, black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and sunglasses. The man was described as tall and his age was unknown, the alert said.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident should call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8266.

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