North Center: Child Luring Alert Issued; Aging Man “Possibly Suffering From Early Dementia”

Police released these images of the man and said he may be suffering from mental deterioration. | Chicago Police

Chicago police have issued a community alert about a man who has approached children near the Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School this week. The alert notes that the man may “have mental health concerns and is possibly suffering from early dementia.”

Around 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, the man approached the Bell schoolyard fence in the 3700 block of North Oakley and made hand gestures, motioning for a 10-year-old student to come closer, police said. He then reached through the wrought iron fence to touch the child on the shoulder, according to the alert. Police said the man said something to the child, but his words were not coherent.

The student ran from the man and informed school personnel.

Police said the man is Asian or Hispanic, 60- to 70-years-old. He was last seen wearing a tan baseball cap, tan jacket, blue jeans, and black shoes.

Anyone with information about the man is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.

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