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Pre-teen boy foils attempt to lure him into van

South District police are investigating claims that a man driving a white or silver van made three attempts to lure a child into his vehicle Sunday in the city’s Old First Ward.

The 11-year-old boy was walking in the vicinity of Hamburg and O’Connell streets, when the vehicle pulled alongside of him.

After the man made three unsuccessful attempts to lure the child into the van, the boy began yelling, and the driver fled from the scene, police reported.