Police sketch released following attempted child abduction in Fox Park

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Police sketch of subject who attempted to abduct two children in Fox Park. Photo credit: Oak Park Police Department

According to police reports, on Monday, April 25 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Oak Park police responded to the call of a person at Fox Park on Jackson and Oak Park Ave who was reported by witnesses to have lifted a child up at before setting the child back down and walking away.

“I can’t speak intelligently about his motives,” Oak Park Cmdr. LaDon Reynolds told the Chicago Tribune. “But what I can tell you as a parent, it’s very inappropriate and disconcerting.”

Witnesses told police that an unknown male black subject called over in English but with a foreign accent to two young children in the playground area. According to police reports, the two children walked over to the subject who then reached over the fence and picked up the younger child, turning as if he was going to walk away. Witnesses confronted the subject and he put the child down.  The children were reported as not hurt.

The subject, illustrated above, was last seen walking southbound on Oak Park Ave. towards Jackson Blvd. The accused is described as a black male, approximately 25-35 years of age, 5’10-5’11, stocky build, dark complexion, round face, dark eyes, wearing a baseball style black hat, black long sleeve shirt, black pants, black fingerless gloves and possibly a black jacket or sweater tied around his waist. The subject may have had facial hair and was further described as having bushy sideburns.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this subject is asked to call the Oak Park Police at 708-386-3800.

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