Child Luring Incident In Evanston

There was a child luring incident Saturday afternoon (April 30, 2016) in Evanston.

According to Evanston Police, the incident happened at approximately 1:40 p.m., as a 12-year-old girl was walking in the 200 block of Main Street.  At that time, a man driving a white SUV pulled up to the girl and asked for directions to a coffee shop.  The man then asked the girl to show him where the shop was located; he stepped out of the vehicle and opened the passenger door of the SUV and asked the girl to get inside.  The girl refused and backed away from the man.  The man then left the area in his SUV.

An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of May 1, 2016, titled “Man tried to lure girl in Evanston“:

The suspect is a Hispanic man between 20 and 30 years old. He is shot in statute and has a goatee. His car was a newer white sports utility vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Traverse. The man identified himself as Jose to the girl.

Those with information concerning the alleged incident or the man are asked to contact Evanston Police at 847-866-5000.

Additional details regarding this alleged child luring incident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the May 1 Wilmette-Kenilworth Patch article titled “Police Seek Public’s Help in Finding Man Accused of Trying to Lure Girl Into SUV.”

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Additional posts concerning actual and attempted Chicago-area child abductions can be seen in the “Attempted Child Abductions” category.

12-Year-Old Girl Lured On Social Media

A 12-year-old girl who was lured on social media by an 18-year-old man was found safe early Tuesday morning (April 19, 2016) according to Palos Hills Police.

The girl’s mother called police on Monday after hearing that the girl did no show up to school that day.

An excerpt from the Palos Patch article of April 18, 2016, titled “Palos Hills Girl, 12, Found Safe After Lured by Man on Social Media:  Police“:

Local detectives jumped into the investigation, quickly learning that she had come into contact with an older man through social media. Tuesday around 3 a.m., the girl was located in the 6000 block of North Ridge Avenue in Chicago, along with two other juvenile girls in the man’s company.

The 18-year-old man was taken into custody and charges are pending.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Palos Patch article mentioned above, as well as the April 19 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “Man in custody after 12-year-old lured on social media.”

Alleged Sexual Assault By School Principal

A now-former principal at a Blue Island elementary school has been arrested and charged related to the alleged sexual assault of a former student.

The principal has been identified as Sam Berrios.

An excerpt from the April 8, 2016 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “Sam Berrios, Blue Island principal, accused of student sexual assault“:

District 130 officials say they became aware of the allegations by a former student in January and placed Berrios on administrative leave. They contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and DCFS notified Blue Island Police.

Police arrested and charged Berrios earlier this week.

Another excerpt, from the nbcchicago.com article (with video) of April 8 titled “Suburban Elementary School Principal Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Child:  School Officials“:

Berrios had been principal for seven years, and had submitted his resignation in December of 2015, effective at the end of the current school year. Details on the alleged assault were not immediately known, but the community is reeling from the news.

The investigation into this Chicago-area alleged child sexual assault continues.

Additional details regarding this alleged sexual assault can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the NBC Chicago and ABC7Chicago.com articles mentioned above.

Music Tutor Charged With Sexual Abuse

A private music tutor has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse regarding alleged “inappropriate physical conduct” between the tutor, age 32, and a 15-year-old student.

The alleged sexual abuse occurred in Lake Forest.

The tutor has been identified as Patrick R. Jennings, 32, of Chicago.

An excerpt from the fox32chicago.com article of March 18, 2016, titled “Police say music tutor had sex with student in car“:

On the evening of Feb. 29, a police officer on patrol found Jennings inside a parked car alone with a 15-year-old and the two were “engaged in inappropriate physical conduct,” according to police. Jennings is a private music tutor and the 15-year-old was his student.
Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the fox32chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the March 18 Highland Park Patch article titled “Music Tutor Accused of Having Sexual Contact with 15-year old student.”

Child Luring Incident In Wheaton

A Wheaton resident has been charged following an alleged child luring attempt on the evening of March 10, 2016.

The man was charged following an incident that happened in Wheaton at an apartment complex in the 2000 block of West Roosevelt Road.

According to a statement from the DuPage County State’s Attorney Office, the man charged has been identified as Javier Lopez, 47, of Wheaton.

An excerpt from the March 13, 2016 mysuburbanlife.com article titled “Wheaton man charged with child luring after approaching kids at apartment complex“:

It is alleged that in the evening of March 10, Lopez approached children playing basketball in the apartment complex where he lives multiple times, according to the release. He allegedly offered them alcohol if they would return to his apartment, but they refused and alerted an adult. Lopez allegedly remained near the minors.

Lopez was taken into custody after police arrived.

According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, Lopez was charged with two counts of luring and one count of child abduction.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the mysuburbanlife.com article mentioned above, as well as the March 14 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Wheaton man charged with child abduction.”

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Additional posts concerning actual and attempted Chicago-area child abductions can be seen in the “Attempted Child Abductions” category.