Chicago cops seek kidnapper who snatched 9-year-old at North Side grocery store

Chicago police said this man tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl outside a West Ridge grocery store on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. | CPD

Update August 18 — The Chicago Police Department released one additional image today:

Chicago police just released surveillance images of the man they say tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl outside a West Ridge grocery store on Wednesday morning.

The man in these pictures grabbed the girl, who was walking with her grandmother, outside Cermak Fresh Market, 6623 North Damen Avenue, around 9:53 a.m., according to CPD and Alderman Debra Silverstein (50th).

Police said the man ran away with the girl, but the kid bit his finger and escaped when they reached the 6600 block of North Ridge Boulevard. The kidnapper kept running after she got away.

Chicago police searched nearby yards and Warren Park for the man but came up empty-handed.

They said he is Black, 18- to 25-years-old, 5’8″ to 5’11” tall, and 150 to 170 pounds. He wore a camouflage baseball hat with the letter “C” on it, glasses, a white t-shirt, gray pants, and white shoes.

Anyone with information about him or the crime can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8261 about case #JF-359888.

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