Category Archives: Attempted Child Abductions

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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Attempt To Lure Child In Chicago’s Marquette Park Neighborhood

Chicago Police report of a child luring attempt made on Saturday afternoon (March 7, 2015) in Chicago’s Marquette Park (Southwest Side) neighborhood.  This child luring attempt involved a man who allegedly tried to lure a girl into his car.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the attempt was made at approximately 12:15 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Mozart Avenue.  At this time, a black male, described as being in his 60s, tried to get the girl into his black Nissan Armada.

After the girl refused the request, the man drove from the scene.

The suspect is said to have a medium complexion and short gray hair.  At the time of the child luring attempt, he was wearing a green t-shirt.

Those with information concerning this incident or the suspect should contact Chicago Police Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8380.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this Chicago child luring attempt can be found in a variety of media sources including the March 8, 2015 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police:  Man tries to lure girl on South Side” as well as the March 8 abc7chicago.com article titled “Attempted child luring reported in Marquette Park.”

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Man Arrested For Alleged Child Abduction Attempt In Skokie

There has been an arrest made regarding an alleged child abduction attempt made in Skokie on January 20, 2015.

The man arrested for the alleged attempted child abduction is Gabino Torres, 36, of Chicago.  An excerpt from the abc7chicago.com article of February 12, 2015 titled “Gabino Torres charged in attempted kidnapping of 13-year-old girl in Skokie“:

Torres, of the 7200-block of North Bell Avenue in Chicago, was charged with unlawful restraint and attempted kidnapping.

The abduction attempt happened at approximately 3:20 p.m., as a 13-year-old girl was walking to Niles North High School.  At that time, a man driving a small blue-colored SUV, or similar vehicle, got out of his vehicle and asked the girl for directions.  After doing so, he allegedly grabbed the girl and attempted to pull her to his car.  She was able to escape after hitting him in the jaw with a padlock that she was carrying in her bag.

At that point the man left the area in his vehicle.

Police were aided by a detailed description of the assailant, who was said to be missing two fingers from his right hand.

Additional details and possible updates regarding this alleged child abduction attempt in Skokie can be found in a variety of media sources, including the abc7chicago.com article mentioned above, as well as the February 12, 2015 Deerfield Patch article titled “Skokie Police Arrest Chicago Man for Trying to Snatch Teen.”

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