COLUMBIA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Police have released a sketch of the man who allegedly tried to abduct an 11-year-old boy in Columbia, Illinois Friday night.
The victim told police he was walking in the 100 block of Locust Street around 8:30 p.m. when he saw a man motioning to him from a maroon minivan. Police say the suspect spoke in a low voice to lure the boy closer, then grabbed him by the shirt and tried to pull him into the vehicle.
The boy managed to break free from the suspect, then ran and told his older sister what had happened. The victim's sister called police, who were already out patrolling for the town's "Columbia Days" celebration.
Police say the suspect is a white male with a medium complexion, brown hair, in his mid to late 30's with a buzz haircut and a light goatee, wearing a green hoodie. The suspect also has a mole near his left nostril. The man was driving a dark red or maroon 2002 or 2005 Dodge Caravan with a red front license plate with white letters.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Columbia Police Department at 618-281-5151.