Police investigating alleged abduction in East Alton IL

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EAST ALTON, IL (KPLR) – Around 5:15 pm Tuesday an abduction was reported to the East Alton Police Department.  Chief Darren Carlton told Fox 2 that a young witness told officers that a white van pulled up to a teenage male, and that a short older white male got out of van yelled at the teen twice and then dragged the screaming teen into the van.

The incident happened near the intersection of Murray and Grand.

The youth told police the vans rear windows had newspapers on them.

Police say the youth doesn’t know the alleged victim and that they are confident with the account of events. They say the victim has dark brown hair, long on the top and short on the sides.  He was last seen wearing a red polo shirt and blue jean shorts.

The suspect vehicle is described as utility painter’s type short van with sliding side door and double rear doors.

The chief said it’s also possible this was family member pulling another loved one into the van. Whatever happened neighbors were nervous.  Josh Baker lives nearby where it allegedly happened, “The incident is baffling knowing I have a two year old son inside knowing that somebody can walk up and take a kid at any moment is just mind blowing.”  East Alton Police Chief Darren Carlton said, “Right now we don’t have victim so were waiting for parents to come home if they haven’t contacted their child please do so, so we know that we don’t have a victim out there.”

If you have any information on this case, please call the police department at 618-259-6212.