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Aurora man in custody after report of attempted abduction

Updated: September 6, 2012 8:20PM

AURORA — Police have taken a 50-year-old man into custody and have cancelled a community alert that was issued after a report of an attempted child abduction Thursday morning on Aurora’s West Side.

It was not clear Thursday afternoon whether charges would be filed, as police were trying to determine exactly what happened, police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said.

The West Aurora School District said that a Jefferson Middle School student was approached by a possible abductor as she walked to class at about 8:30 a.m.

The school district reported that the girl was approached by a man who grabbed her arm in the 1300 block of Monomoy Street.

The student told school officials the abductor was a Hispanic male driving an older model black vehicle with a child seat in the back. The girl said the man was 40- to 50-years-old, with short black hair, and wearing a white T-shirt with blue jeans and black shoes.

The man called the student “Whitney” several times and said that he knew the student’s mother. He then pulled the car over and approached the girl, grabbing her by the arm until she screamed for help and ran away, school officials said.

At 10:50 a.m., police took the man into custody at his home after receiving a tip that he may have been involved in the incident.

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