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Police: Would-Be Kidnapper In Van Dressed As Woman, Talked About Scooby Doo

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Police on Friday look over a van matching the description of a vehicle used in attempted child abductions in Englewood. (CBS)

Police on Friday look over a van matching the description of a vehicle used in attempted child abductions in Englewood. (CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A man dressed in woman’s garb and a wig and mask tried to abduct four young girls in the Englewood neighborhood this week with the line, “Scooby Doo wants to play with you,” police say.

CBS 2’s Pamela Jones talked with two of the children and directed police to a vehicle matching the suspect’s van.

The attempted abductions occurred at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday in the 6600 block of South Wood Street, according to a Community Alert from Wentworth Area detectives.

The suspect is an African-American man of an unknown age, but wore women’s black clothing, a “women’s mask,” and a long-haired wig. Police have not elaborated on what a “women’s mask” is. He told the victims that “Scooby Doo wanted to play with them” before exiting the van and chasing the girls on foot, the alert said.

One of the children says she and a friend were walking to a summer school program when they saw a man in a lime green van. They say he got out and chased them near 66th and Wood.

“He didn’t say nothing. He just kept running around us with a blond wig on his head,” the girl, accompanied by the friend, told Jones.

Police say the suspect’s distinctive greed van is a 2002 Ford van with Illinois plates 58355X.

Witnesses in the neighborhood directed CBS 2 to the suspected van, which they say they’ve seen cruising around the neighborhood often. Jones called police, and officers gathered.

Families of the children approached by the suspect say no one has been arrested in the case.

Anyone with information should call Wentworth Area police detectives at (312) 747-8380.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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