3 children report attempted kidnapping over weekend; Police searching for man in gray or silver van

DENVER - Denver police are investigating at attempted kidnapping of three children, ages 11 and 12, over the weekend.

A boy told police that he was riding his scooter home from Crestmoor Park on Saturday night when a man driving a van began following him. This was around 7:20 p.m.

The boy said the man was yelling at him to get in the van.  When the boy made it home, he said he ran inside and the man drove off. 

Police say the man drove up the block where he saw two other children playing outside.

The children told police that the man told them to get in his car. The siblings said they ran to their garage and began opening it when they saw the man get out of his van and start running up the driveway after them.

They said the man got about halfway up their driveway before they were able to close the door.

The stranger got in his van and drove off and that's when they called their father and then called police.

Police say the suspect is described as a heavy-set Hispanic man in his 30s, about 5 feet  9 inches tall, with short black hair.  He was driving a shiny gray or silver minivan, possibly a Dodge Caravan, with a specialized Colorado license plate with some sort of blue on it, police said. There were two stickers on the back of the vehicle -- one had black with white lettering, the children said.

Anyone  with information on the case is asked to call Detective Jami Sisneros in the Denver's sex crime unit at 720-641-0652.

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