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Added Apr 19 2012

Nixle system message: Alert: Community Alert: Wanted for Child Luring
(24th District – Rogers Park)
Detective Division - Area North
Alert 630-12-06
April 19th, 2012

Community Alert
Wanted for Child Luring
24th District – Rogers Park

About This Crime:
Four victims, ages 4 through 12, were walking to school between 8:30-8:40 A.M., March 26, 2012, in the 2100 block of West Jarvis. A white older model van with tinted windows approached them at 7232 N. Ridge, which contained two male Hispanics. The driver was about 30-40 years old, with a medium complexion, heavyset, with black hair styled in a Mohawk fashion (short on the sides, longer on top and combed toward the center), with a braided goatee, wearing a black T-shirt, and told the victims, "Get in the car!" The children kept walking and the van continued to follow them south on Ridge. The passenger, was about 30-35 years old, dark complexion, no facial hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, had a diamond stud earring in his left ear and a teardrop tattoo under his left eye, also told them, "Get in the car or I'm going to get you in!” The driver had a Spanish accent but the passenger did not. The offenders fled south on Ridge when they spotted a Chicago Police patrol car in the area. The children were not hurt.

What You Can Do:
* Be aware of this situation and alert neighbors in the area about this crime.

If you have any information about this incident,
call the Area North Detectives at (312)744-8200

Reference: HV214983

If you have any information about this incident,call the Area North Detectives at (312)744-8200

  • Bill Morton President, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Patrick Resident of Rogers Park on and off since 2004

    If this happened last month why is it being posting now???? I'm just wondering.

  • I received it on the CPD Nixle alert system today. I presumed it was a very recent event. It may however still be news to some residents.

  • Patrick Resident of Rogers Park on and off since 2004

    Catherine First I want to thank you for posting the alert those on Everyblock in Rogers Park who are parents.
    But my main concern was wondering if this happened on March 26, why is the CPD putting the alert out now.

  • Kelli Lifelong W. Rogers Resident/Now A Happy Dunningite

    I was wondering the same thing: what took so long to notify the public? I literally just heard a 15 second blip on the local 10pm news tonight about this.

    Nonetheless, I'm very happy the kids not only knew to keep walking, but reported it too, and were able to give a really good description of the offenders. I am, of course, also happy the kids are ok.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    One can only hope that the school(s) in the area were alerted immediately and that they got word to the parents and students.

  • Leelee Dog lady, cat lady, juicer extraordinaire

    I am so glad the kids were so able to think so clearly and quickly and got away. Thanks for posting.

  • Bill W. 12 Year Resident of Rogers Park

    I live on that corner and walk my dog around there pretty often. There is a lot of negative stuff going on in that area and has been for a while.

    CBS News was there this morning. So it is getting coverage.

    About a year ago, gang members were recruiting young girls from the elementary school down the street to be prostitutes. They approached my neighbor's 13 year old daughter and her friends. They actually handed out flyers with telephone humbers to call if you were interested.

    The cops at the 24th said that is was common.

    I'll keep my eyes open

  • Carl G. Rogers Park resident

    Based on how the vehicle occupants addressed the children--the command to "Get in the car"--I'm wondering if they knew the children or perhaps were even related to them. If they were just trying to abduct random children off the streets, "Get in!" doesn't seem like a very effective tactic. I mention this only because children being abducted by complete strangers is extremely rare. In the vast majority of abductions, the abductor is a parent (such as disputed child custody contexts) or relative. The data can be easily found online. There was an article about this in Criminal Justice Studies a few years ago; that's where I got the "extremely rare" phrase:

  • Inactive user

    Just a question: does anyone else find two things about this story a bit off? Why did it take a month to make the news? If the cops found this credible, it would usually be publicized immediately. And how, if the encounter with these guys was so brief and scary, did these kids produce such detailed descriptions? Not to downgrade the evil of anyone who would try to abduct children (or teenagers, or adults) but this story just doesn't sound right to me. There have been cases where kids make things up for various reasons in the past. Not saying that's what happened here, but it does happen.

  • Nolan - RP 2+ Year RP resident


    We can ask a CAPs rep or the alderman to find out why this took so long to be released. However, the email I received with the info came from the police so as a parent I am thankful the info is at least out there. Though would have liked to known about it sooner.

    Bill if the police did not find this to be credible why would they release it to the public?

  • Bill Morton President, Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce

    It is common practice for law enforcement to not reveal information from on going investigations.

  • Barbara in Ravenswood Ravenswood resident since 1984.

    Bill, at first reading of the community alert in the OP, the exceptionally detailed descriptions of both driver and passenger surprised me too. I was trying to imagine how the kids were able to see so much about both men since only one of them (typically the passenger) would have been clearly visible to pedestrians. (A passenger's left ear isn't usually very visible from curbside, though.) I was thinking the kids must have been followed for quite a while to pick up that much detail. In any case, here is the CBS news story:

  • Inactive user

    @Bill Morton: true, but if there's a credible threat of a pair of child abductors running around, they publicize that kind of thing either right away, to get the guys ASAP, or after a pattern has developed, when there are multiple incidents. This doesn't fit either of those patterns.

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