Mary Chappell

CHICAGO (CBS) — A man is wanted for an attempted kidnapping in Edison Park Thursday, police said in a community alert.

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An 11-year-old boy was walking northbound on Ottawa Avenue on the east sidewalk near Isben Street about 3:50 p.m. when he was approached by a man who engaged the boy in conversation, asking if the boy could help him find his cat.

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Then he asked the boy to get in the car, stating that he had a gun. Police said he pulled out a “gray type” handgun with an orange tip.

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He was described as a white man, 60-70 years old, with short gray hair and no facial hair. He was driving a light beige four-door Grand Marquis with rust on the bottom of the driver and rear passenger doors.