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Man charged with attempting to lure girl walking to school

AlberRangel / phofrom Cook County Sheriff's office

Alberto Rangel / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

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Updated: November 26, 2012 2:08PM

Bond was set at $75,000 for a 38-year-old Chicago man who police say attempted to strike up an illicit relationship with a girl as she was walked to school in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Alberto Rangel, of the 3000 block of South Hamlin Avenue, was charges with one felony count of child luring, police announced in a release early Monday.

On Nov. 7, police say Rangel pulled up alongside the girl in a pickup truck about 7:30 a.m. and conversed with the girl as she walked through the 2700 block of West 38th Street on her way to school.

Rangel is alleged to have given his phone number to the girl and reportedly asked for her to call him.

When the girl arrived at school, she notified administrators of her encounter. The school administrators, in turn, contacted police, the release states.

To apprehend Rangel, Area Central detectives devised a sting operation in which an undercover officer, posing as the girl, contacted Rangel via text message to set up a rendezvous, the release states.

Rangel, who was also charged for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, was arrested Nov. 24th.

Rangel is scheduled to appear Dec. 17 at Branch 98 court at 26th and California.

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