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Girl escapes attempted kidnapping in Calumet Heights: police

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A 13-year-old girl narrowly escaped a kidnapping Friday morning in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood.

The girl was approached by two men in ski masks at 8:10 a.m. in the 8700 block of South Crandon Avenue, Chicago police said in a community alert.

The men grabbed the girl’s backpack and started to pull her toward a van, telling her to “come here,” police said.

She pulled the other way and broke her bag’s strap, police said. She escaped and ran to school.

Police said the men wore black ski masks, black pants and black shoes. The van was white with a chrome roof rack.

Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at (312) 747-8271.