Police are appealing to the press and public for help in apprehending a man wanted for attempted child abduction in the West Lawn neighborhood.
According to an alert issued by CPD on Friday, March 16, a man driving an older model silver/grey minivan attempted to lure a 16-year-old girl. The offender approached from behind and said "Ven aqui" ("Come here"). When the girl ignored him, the man got out of his vehicle and grabbed her by the arm. Fearing for her safety, the victim pulled away and fled.
The crime occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in the 6500 block of South Lawndale.
The offender was described as a heavyset Hispanic man with a dark complexion and black beard stubble. He wore a black T-Shirt and black work pants.
Those with useful information to share about the crime are asked to call CPD Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8380 and refer to case number JB186962.
In the wake of the crime, police offered a few bits of advice:
• Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors.
• Call 911 to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in your neighborhood.
• Do not let children walk or play alone. Identify safe havens along your child's route between school and home, such as businesses or trusted neighbors.
• Always teach your children to be aware of their surroundings.