CHICAGO (CBS) — Two separate incidents of what first appeared to be incidents of attempted child abduction have caught the attention of police in Chicago and Aurora.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Dave Berner reports, Guardian Angels are patrolling and escorting students at Columbia Explorers Academy, at 45th Street and Kedzie Avenue in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
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“We had a guy on Wednesday approach a 14-year-old girl, spoke to her in Spanish, and then he tried to grab her by the book bag. She was able to break free,” said Chicago Guardian Angels leader Miguel Fuentes.
He was wearing a puffy black jacket and a Chicago Bulls skullcap.
Fuentes says the Guardian Angels are armed with that description, and are handing out fliers.
Meanwhile in Aurora, authorities have now charged a man with disorderly conduct after he offered a 13-year-old girl a ride to school.
Police say the 13-year-old Jefferson Middle School student approached the girl in the 1300 block of Monomoy Street in Aurora, called her “Whitney” several times, and said he knew her mother, the Sun-Times Media Wire reported.
Afterward, he pulled the car over and grabbed the girl’s arm, the wire reported.
The girl told police she became alarmed and ran, but later discovered the man was a neighbor and she just did not recognize him.
Still, the 50-year-old man was arrested and charged.