CHICAGO (STMW) — Police are warning West Side residents after a man tried to lure two young girls into his van with candy last Thursday outside a school in the Austin neighborhood.

The sisters, ages 6 and 9, were leaving the after-school program at Hay Community Academy, 1018 N. Laramie Ave., at 4:45 p.m. when a man standing next to a white van asked them, “Hi girls, do you want some candy?” according to a community alert from Area North detectives.

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The girls returned back to the school and notified school personnel, police said. When the adults checked, the man and the white van were gone.

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The suspect is described as a tall black male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black hat, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at (312) 744-8266 or submit anonymous tips to

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