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updated: 9/7/2012 9:20 AM

Man in custody after attempted Aurora child abduction

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A 50-year-old Aurora man is being questioned by Aurora police after a possible attempted child abduction Thursday morning a few blocks away from a west-side middle school, authorities said.

A 13-year-old Aurora girl who was walking to Jefferson Middle School was approached about 8:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of Monomoy Street by a man driving an older black vehicle with a child seat in the back, according to West Aurora District 129.

The man called the student "Whitney" several times, said he knew her mother, then pulled the car over and grabbed her by the arm. The student screamed for help and ran while the vehicle left in an unknown direction, spokesman Mike Chapin said in a news release posted on the district's website.

The student described the suspect as a Hispanic man between 40 and 50 years old who had short black hair and was wearing a white T-shirt with blue jeans and black shoes. An immediate search of the area did not find any suspects, but Aurora police received a tip the 50-year-old man may have been involved. Police took the man into custody at 10:50 a.m. at his home to question him.

Aurora police said no charges had yet been filed Thursday afternoon as the investigation continues.

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