Category Archives: Attempted Child Abductions

Man Charged With Attempted Child Kidnapping

A man has been charged with regard to repeated child luring attempts and related activities in Chicago’s western suburbs.

An excerpt from the June 4, 2015 abc7chicago.com article (with video) titled “West Chicago man charged in attempted child abductions in in Lisle, Addison“:

Giuseppe Ressa, 34, is charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, and three counts of child abduction, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney.

The article details various alleged incidents with regard to children in Lisle and Addison.

Another excerpt, quoting DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin:

“He lured two of the children, a boy and a girl, into a vestibule in the apartment building. And while inside the apartment building, he rubbed the girl’s thigh,” Berlin said.

The Naperville Sun (Chicago Tribune) article (with video) of June 4, titled “No bond for West Chicago man charged with trying to kidnap two children” also discusses the alleged luring incidents.  An excerpt:

Berlin said the investigation remains open and anyone with information is asked to call police.

Additional details regarding this child luring and other allegations can be seen in various media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article and Chicago Tribune articles seen above.

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Child Luring Attempt In Wheaton, Illinois

There was an alleged child luring attempt that happened on May 28, 2015 in Wheaton.

The attempt happened at approximately 3:30 p.m., as two children were walking near South President Street and East Elm Street.  At that time, a black or dark blue car approached them.

An excerpt from the June 1, 2015 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Police:  Driver may have attempted to lure children in Wheaton“:

The driver, a female in her late teens, yelled to the children and motioned for them to approach the vehicle, police said. But a homeowner nearby intervened and the vehicle sped off.

Those with information on this luring incident are asked to contact Wheaton Police Investigative Division Commander J. Volpe at (630) 260-2056.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this alleged child luring incident can be seen in the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the June 1 CBS Chicago article titled “Police:  Driver May Have Attempted To Lure Children In Wheaton.”

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Investigative Report Concerning Chicago Area Child Luring And Abduction Attempts

Attempted and actual Illinois child luring attempts and child abduction attempts are featured on this site in the “Attempted Child Abductions” category.

On May 20, 2015 NBC Chicago aired a segment titled “Where Child Luring Cases Happen in Chicago Area” in which Chicago-area child luring and child abduction attempts, as well as associated statistics, are discussed.

The investigative report cites “1,500 incidents of strangers attempting to lure or kidnap children in the Chicago area in the past five years.”  However, not all of the 150 largest towns and suburbs in the Chicago area provided information to NBC Chicago; only 85 police departments and municipalities had responded to the Freedom of Information Act requests by the time the investigative report aired.

As well, a map of such child luring and kidnapping attempts in the Chicago area for 2010-2015 is presented.

An excerpt:

First, most lurers don’t get caught. Of the 1,500 cases obtained by NBC Chicago, only one in 10 resulted in an arrest. Second, even in those rare cases when someone is caught, the charges don’t always reflect the crime.

Additional details can be found in the NBC Chicago article mentioned above.

Child Luring Attempt In Chicago’s Austin Neighborhood

There was an attempted child luring on Monday afternoon (March 30, 2015) in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, according to Chicago Police.

The luring attempt involved a man who tried to lure two boys as they were near their school.

The luring attempt was made between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. near the Howe Elementary School at 720 N. Lorel Avenue.

As the two boys were walking south on Lorel Avenue toward Howard Street, a man got out a white van and tried to get the boys to come to him by offering them candy.  The boys did not respond to him, and kept walking.  Then, the man followed the boys in the van.  The boys then ran and told their parents.

This incident is similar in nature to another child luring attempt made in the Austin neighborhood in March, involving two girls, ages 9 and 6.

Those with information concerning this incident or the suspect are asked to contact Chicago Police Area North detectives at 312-744-8266.

Additional details, including a description of the suspect and the van, are seen in a variety of media sources including the April 1, 2015 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “Man tries to lure 2 boys near school on West Side” as well as the April 1 CBS Chicago article (with video) titled “Man Tries To Lure Boys Into Van With Candy.”

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Child Luring Attempt In Chicago’s River North Neighborhood

Chicago Police have reported an attempt to kidnap a girl as she was walking in Chicago’s River North neighborhood on Tuesday morning, March 17, 2015.

An excerpt from the dnainfo.com article of March 17, 2015 titled “Man Attempts to Lure Girl into Car in River North:  Police“:

At approximately 8:25 a.m., a 12-year-old girl was walking along the 500 block of West Elm Street when the suspect attempted to lure her into his car, police said. The girl escaped harm after running from the scene and alerting school security.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, who at the time of the child luring attempt was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and was driving a small four-door car.

Those with information concerning this incident or suspect are asked to call Chicago Police at 312-747-8380.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the dnainfo.com article mentioned above as well as the March 18 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police warn of attempted child luring near school on Near North Side.”

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