Police warn of kidnapping attempt in West Loop

Chicago police have issued a community alert after a woman was targeted in a kidnapping attempt in the West Loop this week.

The CPD alert says that the woman was walking in the 200 block of South Sangamon on Wednesday at 7:19 a.m. when a man got out of the back seat of a dark red car and stopped her in her tracks.

Police said the man “attempted to guide the victim towards the vehicle.”

But a passerby “noticed this suspicious behavior and the victim’s body language and intervened by running across the street,” the alert said.

The Good Samaritan then used bear spray on the offender as he got back into the car, which was occupied by at least two other people, according to police.

CPD said the suspect is a thin Black male between 20- and 25-years-old who stands about 5’10” tall. He wore a ski mask, a black top, and black skinny jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Area Three detectives at 312-744-8261. The case number is JF-368249.

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