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Men Forced Girl, 12, Into Van And Sped Off During Attempted Kidnapping In Gage Park, Police Say

The girl was able to escape, police said.

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CHICAGO — Two men tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl Thursday in Gage Park, police said.

At 3:10 p.m., the girl was in the 3200 block of West 53rd Street when a man grabbed the girl and forced her into a white van, police said. He briefly talked to the girl and then got into the front passenger’s seat of the car and told the driver to drive away.

The driver sped off but, after a short period of time, the girl was able to get out of the van and get away, police said.

One of the men was Hispanic, 30-35 years old and 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 with small, brown eyes and a thick beard and mustache, police said. He wore black clothing.

The other man was white and wore black clothing, police said. He drove a white van with sliding doors and small windows.

Anyone with information about the attempted kidnapping was asked to call police at 312-747-8380.