Chicago police issue alert for attempted kidnapping in Albany Park

Thursday, December 28, 2023
Teen escapes from kidnapping attempt in Albany Park
Chicago police have issued an alert after an attempted kidnapping on Kimball Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood Wednesday.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police have issued an alert after an attempted kidnapping in the Albany Park neighborhood Wednesday.

Police said a 14-year-old girl was standing on the sidewalk in the 5400-block of North Kimball Avenue between 2:15-2:45 p.m. when a man in a black Jeep jumped out of his vehicle and tried to grab her.

Investigators said he put her in a headlock and tried to force her into a Jeep.

Somehow, she broke free and the suspect took off northbound in his vehicle, police said.

"It's definitely worrying, but it's a pretty tight knit community," said Bo Johnson, neighbor. "We're pretty good at reporting to each other and keeping an eye on things that are going on, trying to watch out for each other within the neighborhood."

Neighbors can't believe this attempt could happen during the day with so many security cameras around.

"We've had our little car break-ins crimes here and there, garages broken into, this is the first time I am hearing something like this," resident Sel Melkic said. "There's no words for it."

Police described the suspect as a white male between 30 and 40 years old with brown wavy hair who was wearing a red and black jacket. They said he was driving a black Jeep with Illinois license plate #EE81455.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Area Three detectives at (312) 733-8261.

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