Edgewater: 10-year-old targeted in attempted kidnapping, police say

Approximate location of this morning’s incident. | Google

A 10-year-old girl was touched inappropriately and grabbed by a man during an apparent kidnapping attempt in Edgewater this morning, according to Chicago police

The girl was walking westbound in the 1000 block of West Thorndale at 7:45 a.m. when the offender approached her from behind and slapped her buttocks, police said. She said she began to walk faster, but the male caught up with her, grabbed the girl’s wrist, and tried to pull her towards him. Police said the girl was able to break free, run away, and call for help.

The offender then fled southbound on Kenmore Avenue on foot.

Police describe the assailant as a white male between 30- and 40-years-old who has short red hair and a red goatee. He stands over 6-feet tall, weighs about 220 pounds, has blue eyes, and a tattoo on his neck. Police said the man wore a Columbia-brand jacket that is white with brown flaps.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8261 regarding case number JC-270424.

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