Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are trying to identify and locate a "man in an unusual van who was reported to have attempted to pull a child into his truck this morning," a spokesman says.
The 12-year-old Coastal Middle School student reported the man "grabbed his shirt and tried to capture him after offering him ice cream near Mapmaker and Ropemaker lanes about 7:30 a.m. The boy bit the man on the arm to get away and reported the incident to a teacher."
The white van resembles "an ice cream truck with purple windows but without advertising decals and was being driven by a possibly Latino male appearing to be in his 40s and wearing a dark hooded jacket obscuring portions of his face," police say.
The boy was riding his bicycle to school when the van began following him. He at first confused the van with that of a family acquaintance who actually has an ice cream van.
Islands Precinct Patrol and Metro Special Victims Unit officers have alerted schools in the area and are asking the public to help locate the van and its driver by calling Emergency 911 immediately.