A 13-year-old girl was able to break free from an attempted kidnapping in Oak Park late Monday afternoon, according to the Oak Park Police Department.
According to a story reported by the Tribune, the girl was walking on the 600 block of Washington Boulevard at about 4 p.m. when a man assaulted and grabbed her from behind before carrying her to a red Toyota car. The girl said she was eventually able to get away from the car and run to a friend’s house, where she notified police.
“I think it’s really terrifying,” said Maria Kuni, a parent of an Oak Park student in an interview with ABC 7. “I think Oak Park needs to pay more attention to the crimes that are going on here.”
Police say that the girl was taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital, where she was treated and promptly released to her mother. The girl is a District 97 student, according to District Spokesperson Chris Jasculca, but he would not confirm which school she attends.
Following the incident, school administrators encourage all students to stay in groups and walk in high visibility areas such as sidewalks rather than alleys. The Oak Park Police Department confirmed that they will be increasing patrols around school campuses in the village.
The suspect is described as male, six-feet tall, mixed race, who drives a red Toyota. Anyone with more information about the suspect’s identity is encouraged to contact the Oak Park Police Department at 708-386-3800 or to provide an anonymous tip at oakpark.com/crimetip.