Suspicious man approaches kids at SAFB

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Security forces are searching Scott Air Force Base for an unknown man they say tried to lure children into his van – on the base.

The head of security Lt. Col. Bryan Eckart says roughly 150 security personnel are searching the base and hoping to answer two important questions – who is this man and how did he gain access to the base?

Eckart says the children are "shaken up" but physically unhurt. He says after 4 p.m. Wednesday an unknown man in a black van with a dog approached two 8-year-old girls and tried to get them to get into the van with him, asking them if they wanted to see a box full of money inside the vehicle.

Eckart says the girls said "no" and told their parents who called security and that is when they started searching for the man.

The alleged incident happened in the base housing area of SAFB which is the size of a small town with 1,500 homes and as many as 15,000 people during the work day. Access to the base requires either a Department of Defense ID or an escort from base personnel, says Eckart.

Security does have what they believe to be a credible description of the suspect from the two girls who they say were approached by the man separately. Eckart says they plan to have the girls meet with a sketch artist to produce a composite.

They describe the suspect as a black man with patch of gray hair and missing teeth. They say he was wear dark clothing with black and brown boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 618-256-1160.


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