ELMHURST (STMW) - Police in west suburban Elmhurst have released a sketch of a man who tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into his pickup by claiming he needed help finding a lost dog.
Just after 5 p.m. on Friday, the man drove up to the boy, who walking on the 500 block of Comstock, “and told him ‘Would you help me find my dog? I’ll give you a treat if you do, all you need to do is get in my car’,” a statement from Elmhurst police said.
The boy said “no” and began running to his friend’s home, while the truck drove off at a high rate of speed, police said.
The boy described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s, wearing a hooded sweatshirt pulled close to his face. He was light-skinned with facial hair and a C-shaped scar over his left eye. He spoke with a deep voice, police said.
The boy was asked to look at vehicles on the Internet, and said the man appeared to be driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado with rust on the tailgate logo, bottom of the tailgate, and bottom of the passenger side. It also had a large dent on the tailgate and on the passenger-side door.
Police have increased patrols in both marked and unmarked squad cars in residential areas of town, and are asking residents call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
Anyone recognizing the man or the vehicle should call police at (630) 530-3050.