CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago police mentioned they don’t consider two kidnapping makes an attempt in West Loop are related.
Mobile phone video shared with ABC7 exhibits the latest incident from Sunday morning. It exhibits a sedan making an attempt to dam in a maroon Dodge Plymouth minivan earlier than it speeds off.
Police mentioned the tried kidnapping occurred at round 8:45 a.m. within the 200 block of South Sangamon Road.
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CPD mentioned that maroon van stopped close to a 45-year-old lady. The suspect bought out of the car and approached her. Police mentioned that is when the suspect grabbed the girl’s arms and tried to tug her into the van.
An individual will be heard yelling, “Block him in,” as a sedan reverses earlier than the minivan speeds off.
The girl was capable of battle off the offender, whereas police mentioned a passenger in a close-by rideshare tried to confront the suspect within the van.
Neighbors mentioned this case has eerily related circumstances to an tried kidnapping in August.
“A bit scared as a result of I prefer to go strolling myself and all the pieces and simply to have the ability to stroll, and that would occur to me, , is just a little terrifying,” mentioned Liza Alvarez, who goes to church only a block away.
“It is discouraging, particularly for folks like us, as ladies, to really feel like, ‘Can I be out at a sure time? Do I should be with different folks?’ It feels very weak,” added fellow church-member, Deb Gorton.
CPD defined why this latest incident shouldn’t be related to the earlier try.
“We’re working with the sufferer in addition to the pubic to assist us to determine this particular person and this individual of curiosity. Because it pertains to the separate crime that occurred just a few months in the past, we do not consider that these two are associated primarily based off the 2 victims’ accounts,” mentioned Deputy Chief Rahman Muhammad.
Final month, an tried kidnapping was thwarted by a Good Samaritan strolling his canine.
Police mentioned they’re nonetheless on the lookout for a suspect from this weekend’s kidnapping try, however they did recuperate the maroon minivan in query. In addition they famous that no accidents had been reported.
“Who would not be terrified of that? That is simply one thing out of a nightmare,” mentioned Julie Darling, with West Loop Neighborhood Group. “Proper now, persons are speaking about banding collectively and strolling collectively, and do not stroll alone and what can we do as a gaggle collectively.”
Neighbors now say it is extra about proactive measures to maintain folks secure.
“It is actually now gotten to the purpose the place, if folks aren’t taking issues into their very own arms from a self-awareness and self-protective measure, I feel increasingly more, it’ll change into — it is the crimes of alternative,” Darling mentioned.
CPD requested the general public to pay attention to their environment and to report any suspicious exercise. Pay particular consideration to suspicious folks loitering in an space and report them to police. If confronted by an offender, police say to remain calm and keep in mind any distinctive descriptive traits of the individual (scars, limp, zits, enamel, and so forth.). Dial 911 instantly and supply an in depth description of the offender. Police additionally say to by no means pursue a fleeing suspect and counsel to all the time stroll in pairs.
Anybody with data ought to name police at (312) 744-8261 or anonymously sublit a tip at CPDTIP.com.
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