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Berkeley Police Seek Man who Allegedly Tried to Lure Students into Van



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    Police are investigating an incident that occurred Friday morning in Berkeley, involving a man suspected of trying to lure middle school students into his van.

    At 8:20 a.m., two Willard Middle School students were walking on Telegraph Avenue, near Stuart Street, when a van pulled up next to them, according to police.

    The driver had the window pulled down and told the students to get in his van. The students refused and continued walking, police said.

    When the driver pulled up next to them once again, the students quickly went to the school and reported the incident to staff, who called 911, according to police.

    As officers investigated the incident, officers learned of a second incident involving a man that matched the description of the suspect in the first incident, police said.

    The second incident occurred approximately at the same time, near Telegraph Avenue and Derby Street.

    In that incident, the suspect waved toward another student standing on the sidewalk and motioned for her to approach his van. The suspect, however, suddenly drove off when the student's father appeared, police said.

    In both the incidents, the suspect had dark hair, a mustache and a heavy-set body. Theman, who police believe is between 30 and 40 years old, wore a baseball cap and was driving an older model, dark green minivan, possibly a Nissan Quest, with rear-tinted windows, according to police.

    Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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