Attempted Child Kidnapping In Maywood, Illinois

There was an attempted child kidnapping on Friday (December 12, 2014) in Maywood, according to prosecutors.

This child abduction attempt happened outside a Family Dollar store located at 1019 W. Madison Street, and involved a man asking a 7-year-old girl if she wanted a ride to school.

A bystander – suspecting that the girl did not know the man – asked the girl if she knew the man, to which she replied that she did not.  After the girl got into the man’s car, the bystander was able to get the girl out of the car.

An excerpt concerning the alleged assailant from the Chicago Tribune article of December 13, 2014, titled “$1M bail for man who allegedly tried to kidnap girl from store“:

Marlon S. Ellis, 42, 1500 block of South 9th Street, was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail Saturday by Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. Ellis was charged with aggravated kidnapping, a Class X felony.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the December 13 Chicago Sun-Times article titled  “Prosecutors:  Good Samaritan thwarts kidnapping of girl.”

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Child Luring Attempt Made In Chicago’s Austin Neighborhood

There was an alleged child luring attempt Tuesday (December 9) on Chicago’s West Side in the Austin neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, the child luring incident happened at approximately 2:47 p.m. in the 5300 block of West Thomas.  At that time, a male walked out of an alley in the 1100 block of North Lorel and tried to grab a boy while saying “I got candy for you.”

The boy was able to escape the man’s efforts after kicking him in the leg.

An excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times article of December 10, 2014, titled “Police:  Person tried to grab boy, offered him candy in Austin

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a black coat with white or grey fur lining the hood, blue jeans and tan boots, police said. He may have a chipped or broken front tooth.

Those with information on this Chicago child luring attempt are asked to call Chicago Police Area North detectives at (312) 744-8200.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above.

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Updated Statistics Regarding Sexual Assaults In The Military

Many people believe that sexual assaults in the military remains a highly problematical issue.  In this site, this sexual assault issue has been featured a number of times, including the March 12, 2013 post titled “Sexual Assaults In The Military.”

Recently there have been newly updated statistics released regarding sexual assaults and other unwanted sexual contact in the military.  The new statistics are discussed in a number of media sources, including the December 3, 2014 Washington Post article titled “Number of U.S. troops filing reports of sexual assaults rises 8% in past year” as well as the December 3 USA Today article titled “Reports of unwanted sexual contact in military drop 27%.”

An excerpt from the Washington Post article:

The number of military service members who reported that they had been sexually assaulted rose by 8 percent over the past year, according to a new Defense Department report that is sure to add fuel to a debate in Congress over whether the military is effectively prosecuting sex crimes.

Despite the climb, the Pentagon cited progress on a number of fronts in its report, an annual assessment of its efforts to prevent sexual assault.

For instance, on the basis of an anonymous biannual survey of service members, the military estimated that 19,000 troops were victims of “unwanted sexual contact,” a definition that includes a wide variety of offenses. That figure was down sharply from an estimated 26,000 two years ago, but back at roughly the same level that was reported in 2010.

The recently released statistics also indicate that the number of troops reporting sexual assaults has increased, which is being interpreted by some as an increase in the reporting of (alleged) sexual assaults, as opposed to an increase in the number of (alleged) sexual assaults.

Additional details can be seen in the Washington Post and USA Today articles mentioned above, as well as other sources.

Child Luring Incident In Glenview, Illinois

There was a child luring attempt made Monday (November 24, 2014) morning in Glenview, according to the Glenview Police Department.  The incident involved a man attempting to lure a 12-year-old girl into his car as she waled to her school bus stop.

The alleged incident happened near a school bus stop near Windsor and Glenview Roads, at approximately 7:40 a.m.  As the girl was walking to this bus stop, a man in a small gray car approached her and called out to her, asking if she wanted chocolate chip cookies.  The girl continued walking, and the man then pulled into a driveway, blocking the sidewalk and her path.  At that point the man asked her if “you want to play this game?”

The girl was then able to board the school bus.

The man then drove from the area.

The man is described as a balding white male, in his 70s or 80s, with a white mustache and white hair.  He spoke with an accent.

The man’s car is described as a gray car with black trim around the headlights and driver door handle.

Those with information concerning this child luring attempt or the suspect are asked to contact Glenview Police.

Additional details and possible updates can be found in a variety of media sources, including the November 24, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police:  Man attempted to lure girl into his car in Glenview” as well as the November 24 Glenview Patch article titled “Glenview Police:  Old Man Attempted to Lure Child Monday.”

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

Child Luring Attempt Made On Chicago’s Northwest Side

There was an alleged child luring attempt made on Chicago’s Northwest Side (Belmont Cragin neighborhood) Tuesday morning, November 18, 2014.

According to Chicago Police, the child luring attempt happened shortly before 8:00 a.m., as two children in the 5400 block of West Schubert Avenue were approached by a woman driving a black four-door car that also had three men and two children.  The woman offered the two children a ride, which the children declined, and then asked a second time, and the children also declined this second offer.  The woman then drove off.

The driver was described as a middle-age white woman with medium-length blond hair.  During the child luring attempt, she was wearing a black jacket.

The car had a white stripe across the taillights, and possibly the Illinois license plate contained the digits 97732.

Those with information about this child luring incident should contact the Chicago Police Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8200.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this alleged Chicago child luring attempt can be found in a variety of media sources, including the November 18, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Cops warn of attempted child luring in Belmont Cragin neighborhood” as well as the November 18 myfoxchicago.com article titled “Police:  Woman tried to lure two children into car in Belmont Cragin.”

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