State police investigating attempted abduction of 10-year-old girl in Sprague

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SPRAGUE — State police are investigating two reports of suspicious incidents that happened Thursday afternoon, including an attempted abduction.

The first incident was reported around 1:30 p.m. A 10-year-old girl said she was followed by a white utility van, possibly a Ford E350, with a utility rack in the area of 50 River St. According to the victim’s uncle, the male driver told the girl her mother sent him to pick her up, and that he had candy and video games.

However, the girl didn’t fall for it and ran to a nearby house, at which point the car left at a high rate of speed.

The young girl described the driver as a white man in his late 40s, with a gray tattered shirt, black shoes and a tattoo on his left arm and tried to get the child into the van.

About 30 minutes later, a white vehicle was seen with a driver acting suspiciously in the Wauregan section of Plainfield. However, that driver, while he or she did circle the area, didn’t approach anyone. That vehicle and driver did not have the same description as the Sprague incident, and the only coincidence is they are both white vehicles.

State police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 860-822-3000 x207. In the meantime, they have stepped up patrols in the area because they know people are on edge.