EVANSTON, Ill. (STMW) – A 12-year-old girl escaped without injury after a man attempted to abduct her Monday morning as she walked to school in north suburban Evanston.

At about 7:50 a.m., the girl was walking to school in the 600 block of Florence, and as she neared the intersection of South Boulevard, she was approached by a Hispanic man, according to Evanston police.

The girl said the man grabbed her by her arms and began to twist them. When she asked, “Could you please let go?” he said, “No, you are coming with me,” the release said.

The girl then kicked the man in the leg and he released her. She immediately started running, and when she looked back the man was gone. She then ran to school and reported the incident to school officials.

Evanston police searched the area and conducted a residential canvas, but did not locate the suspect, described as a man about 48 with a Hispanic accent, wearing a black coat, black jeans, black boots, black gloves and a black half ski-type mask

Police are working with District 65 school officials and will institute additional neighborhood patrols.

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