1 in custody after report of attempted abduction near Northwestern University: Evanston police

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Saturday, May 20, 2023
1 in custody after possible attempted abduction near NU: police
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One person is in custody after a reported attempted abduction near Northwestern University as Dillo Day festivities kick off in Evanston, IL.

EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) -- A 28-year-old Chicago man is in custody after a reported attempted abduction near Northwestern University on Saturday morning, Evanston police said.

Police said an Evanston woman flagged down an officer about 9:45 a.m. in the 600-block of University Place, and said a suspect had tried to push her into his vehicle. It's an area with heavy foot traffic.

She told the officer she was walking in that area, when the suspect approached her, but she was able to escape, and the suspect drove away.

The victim provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle, and two Evanston officers spotted the Ford Escape, police said. The Ford was traveling south on Chicago Avenue at Clark Street.

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Officers tried to stop the car, but it did not stop. A "low speed" chase began, south on Chicago to South Boulevard, before stopping, police said.

Police then took the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle into custody. The man was taken to the Evanston Police Department.

Police said the victim was not injured, and is not affiliated with the university, adding that there is no prior connection between her and suspect.

Northwestern officials tweeted just after 10:45 a.m. that there were no additional suspects involved, and the campus was secure. Still, the incident unsettled some who live nearby.

"I mean, it's definitely scary, especially, like, so close by. I don't know, it just makes me more aware of like this stuff happens everywhere," said Sophie Milner-Gorvine.

Sophia Orlando, who attends Northwestern, also weighed in.

"Usually it's really safe, and usually we feel really safe. Yeah, so this is a little unexpected," Orlando said.

Avelina Sanchez also goes to Northwestern.

"I assume, since this is like a small town, and it's like a campus, and I'm always safe, but I definitely have to like start keeping in mind that these things happen and be careful about it," Sanchez said.

Police said charges are pending.

Saturday is Northwestern Dillo Day, according to the city of Evanston's website. The event is "the largest student-run music festival in the nation and a beloved Northwestern University tradition," the site said. Evanston police said the incident appears to be unrelated to that event.