Man charged with kidnapping 9-year-old girl from North Side grocery store

Terran McKethan (inset) and a surveillance image of the suspect released by Chicago police. | CPD

The man who snatched a 9-year-old girl outside a Chicago grocery store last week also solicited a 13-year-old girl and her mother to have a three-way and followed them to their home in the same area three days earlier, prosecutors said Thursday.

Terran McKethan, 20, was held without bail by Judge Susana Ortiz on charges of aggravated kidnapping of a child and predatory indecent solicitation.

On August 14, a 13-year-old girl and her mother were walking home near the 6600 block of North Damen when McKethan asked them for a hug, which they declined, and then continued to follow them until they went into their house, prosecutor Danny Hanichak said. At one point, McKethan allegedly invited the girl and her mother to come to his nearby home for drinks and a threesome.

McKethan saw the girl, her sister, and her mother in the neighborhood again. McKethan allegedly followed them again, offered them water, and tried to open the door to their home after they went inside.

The mother dialed 911, but McKethan was already gone when the police arrived.

Two days later, McKethan snatched a 9-year-old girl while the child’s grandmother retrieved a shopping cart outside Cermak Finer Foods, 6623 North Damen, Hanichak said. The girl tried to get away by screaming and kicking her legs as the grandmother yelled for McKethan to let her go.

He eventually released the child after she bit him on the hand at the base of his thumb, according to Hanichak. Store surveillance cameras captured the incident.

Later that day, Chicago police issued a community bulletin with images of the suspect. According to a source, someone who lives directly across the street from the grocery store on Damen called police that evening to report that the kidnapper lived in his building.

Detectives who interviewed McKethan noticed that he had an injury at the base of his thumb near the place the 9-year-old said she bit the kidnapper, according to Hanichak.

McKethan graduated from high school last year and has been working at a Jewel-Osco store for about a year, according to his public defender. He has mental health conditions that require treatment, she said.

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