High Alert: Lorain Police, Parents on Edge After Attempted Child Luring

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LORAIN, OH (WOIO) – Lorain Police have issued a warning to parents to keep an extra close eye on their children this week.

This, after a man attempted to lure a 10 and 12-year-old girl into his van Thursday night.

According to police, a man in a blue van circled the area of Lexington Avenue around 8 p.m. and attempted to talk the girls into jumping in. The girls were frightened so they ran to a neighbor's house who was also outside with his children.

19 Action News spoke with both victims Sunday afternoon. "This man...I thought he was just looking for a house or something. He was staring at me" says Johnasha Elder. "The second time we saw him... he tried to get out of his car... and he tried to snatch us up. And we started screaming and running to my house" recalls Alexis Ayala.

The blue van drove by the neighbor's house a few times so the neighbor called police. "They told me they were very busy and they didn't have anybody to send out right now." Unable to get police help, he jumped into his car and followed the van to get the license plate number and a look at the guy.

When police finally arrived on scene, the driver had left the area and police were unable to locate him.

The suspect has been described only as a white, middle age male. There were no other luring incidents reported in the area since Thursday.

For information on how you can help prevent child lurings and what to look for, log on to www.ChildLuresPrevention.com

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