Man seen “touching himself inappropriately” near Bell School, police say

Police released these images of the man’s vehicle. | Chicago Police Department

A man was seen watching children and touching himself inappropriately as students were leaving Alexander Graham Bell School in North Center on Wednesday afternoon, according to a CPD community alert.

Police said a woman was waiting to pick up her children at the school around 4 p.m. when she noticed the man touching himself inside a newer model black Honda Accord in the 3700 block of North Oakley. The man eventually drove away, police said.

According to the community alert, the man is black, in his late 30’s or early 40’s, with a slim build. He was wearing a black hoodie and black pants. His vehicle bears Illinois license plate S172376, police said.

Anyone with information about the case may contact Area North investigators at 312-744-8261 regarding case JC-210398.

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