On Monday, Chicago police issued a community warning about an attempted child abduction that took place last week in the Roseland neighborhood on the city’s Far South Side, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Last Wednesday at around 11 a.m., an 11-year-old girl who was walking on South State Street was reportedly followed by a white man driving in a dark four-door vehicle.
The man allegedly tried to lure the girl into his car by offering her money and a cell phone. The girl refused. When a teacher approached the vehicle, the man drove off.
Under Illinois’ criminal code, a person commits the offense of child abduction when he or she intentionally violates any court order granting custody or care; lures or attempts to lure a child under the age of 16 into a motor vehicle, building, or dwelling place without the consent of the lawful custodian; or intentionally conceals, detains, or removes the child without the lawful custodian’s consent.
Child abduction is a Class 4 felony. However, if aggravating factors exist, like abuse of the child, the court can implement a much more severe sentence. In addition, aiding or abetting in the abduction of a child is a Class 4 felony in the state.
Police have described the man who attempted to abduct the girl as about 40 years old with dark eyes and black hair. He was wearing a white shirt at the time of the incident. If you have any information about the suspect, you should contact the Area South Detective Division at (312) 747-8271.