Police investigate attempted child abduction

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Oak Park police are searching for a man who might have been involved in an attempted child abduction Monday (April 25) at Fox Park.

Police said witnesses saw a man Monday morning, walking by the park and speaking to himself in a foreign language. The man then stopped and called in English to two children in the playground area, according to patch.com.

When the children approached him, the man knelt down and high-fived one of them through the park fence. The man then picked up one of the kids over the fence and turned in order to walk away, according to Oak Park police.

When the child’s caretaker and witnesses noticed, they confronted the man, so he put down the child and walked away. The man was last seen on Oak Park Avenue walking toward Jackson Boulevard.

Witnesses described the person as a black man, approximately 25 to 35 years-old, 5 feet 10 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a stocky built; having dark complexion, round face and dark eyes. He may have had a mustache and bushy sideburns, according to police.

At the moment of the incident, he was wearing a black hat, a black long-sleeve shirt, black pants, black fingerless gloves and presumably a black jacket or sweater tied around his waist.

The Oak Park Police Department encourages anyone with information about the identity of the man to call 708-386-3800.

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