It happened near the intersection of Rock Island and Spitznagle. Police say the man approached the girls as they were walking to school and tried to pull them into an alley. They were able to fight him off.
The suspect is described as a black male in his twenties with hair braids. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jean shorts and black shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Peoria Police at (309) 673-4521.