Abduction attempts reported in Mt. Greenwood

June 5, 2009 3:20:41 PM PDT
A Southwest Side community is on alert after two attempted abductions. Police believe two different men are involved in the separate attacks within the last five days in that neighborhood.

Both teenagers were able to get away.

One attempted abduction happened near St. Xavier University. The other was on West 111th Street by Mount Greenwood Park.

The latest attempted abduction happened just two days ago.

Police say they have made no arrests and have no one in custody, leaving this neighborhood on alert.

Leal Lacy lives in the neighborhood.

"It puts you on edge. I'm not shocked because we do hear about it but it puts all of us on edge. We do watch our kids more closely. It's concerning," said Lacey.

The latest incident happened Wednesday across from a popular neighborhood park as a 13-year-old girl walked home. The victim told ABC7 a man circled the girl several times and then approached her, then drove off.

"The girl did get a license plate. It was some guy from Bridgeview. They identified him," said Ald. Ginger Rugai, 19th Ward.

The second attempt happened on a road between St. Xavier and Mother McCauley High School. The attempted abductor tried to force a girl into his girl.

"It looks like separate individuals. They try to hand wave or call the child or female to come over and get into the vehicle," said Rob Lacey, neighborhood resident.

With two interests in five guys, the 19th Ward Alderman Ginger Ruguai has asked the police to give an alert.

"They can be cautious and protect their children," said Rugai.

That's exactly what parents in the neighborhood want to do. Police issued a community alert for the first incident. They caution their descriptions of both suspects are vague and saying that with school about to let out for the summer, kids will be out and about, especially in neighborhood parks. They are asking children to be watchful as well and if you can, make sure you stay in groups and don't take to any strangers.


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