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Fort Collins police looking for van, suspect accused of trying to lure child Thursday morning

Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 18:48:01-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Police in Fort Collins are asking for help in finding a man accused of trying to entice a child into his minivan on Thursday morning.

Fort Collins police said the man — described as being white, in his 40s, heavyset, with gray hair, blue jeans, a blue shirt and a hat — drove his gray or silver minivan into a neighborhood near Timberline Road and Drake Road between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

While in the neighborhood, he tried to convince a child to get inside the early 2000s model van, but a neighbor saw the incident and intervened, after which the man drove off.

Police said the minivan had a bed, a white dog, and other items inside.

Officers searched throughout the city for the van and the suspect but were unable to find them. Other law enforcement agencies have been notified to look out for the van as well, Fort Collins police said.

“We are extremely grateful to the neighbor who noticed a concerning situation and stepped in,” said FCPS Criminal Investigations Lieutenant Jeremy Yonce. “We need our community to share this information so we can identify and find this suspect.”

Anyone with information about the suspect, the van, the incident or who may have captured the van on home security video, is asked to call Detective Kelsey Skaar at 970-221-6514 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.