Several attempts to lure children reported in Oak Park, Berwyn

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

There have been three reports in Oak Park and one in Berwyn of possible attempts to lure children into cars since Oct. 21, according to a statement from the village.

A white male in his 40s or 50s was mentioned in all the reports, police said.

About 3:10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, a child was walking southbound on Harvey Avenue near Hatch School and reported that a man sitting in a vehicle attempted to start a conversation about a nearby dog.

On Monday, Oct. 24, about 7:30 a.m., a child reported a car following southbound on Ridgeland Avenue near Longfellow School and stopping to observe the playground before continuing on. An hour later, a child walking north in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue told police a car horn sounded and the driver asked if the child needed a ride.

Description of a white, older model four-door car was reported to police in the incidents on Oak Park Avenue and near Hatch School, said Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds. A black pickup truck was reported in the 700 block of Highland Avenue near Longfellow School, Reynolds said.

The Berwyn report occurred about 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 25 near Lincoln Middle School on 16th Street. A child said a man sitting in a parked vehicle asked for his help.

The children in all four incidents were a safe distance from the vehicles and immediately reported the events to school authorities.

Reynolds said none of the information police have received so far rises to the level of an actual offense, but it's important to be pro-active in these situations.

Oak Park police have stepped up patrols along school walking routes and are asking anyone with information to call 708-386-3800 or email police@oak-park.us.

Anonymous tips can also be made at www.oak-park.us/police.

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Silly  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 3:28 PM

Aurora had a an abduction attempt that was thwarted by the victim. Blue pick up truck was described in that one. Wonder if it could be the same person. http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/8430269-418/man-tries-to-abduct-girl-near-greenman-school-in-aurora.html

Sounds Like...  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 2:43 PM

communication is what should be talked about at the board table rather than eating while driving... Just a word of caution, to all readers, Halloween is Monday. Don't let your children roam the streets alone.

Silly  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 2:32 PM

Seems to me it would make more sense to be a Safety Alert than just news.

Village Hall Employee  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 2:00 PM

You can go to www.oak-park.us/police and look on the lower right under "Police News" - it is posted. That being said, I think there should be a gang e-mail, and this should include all the VOP employees. There are over 300 of us who drive and walk the streets who can keep our eyes out if we were only told about this. The OPPD can send an e-mail to "All Users" and all VOP employees with email access will get this info. Instead I had to get this info from my child's school. Sad

R.J. Who are you fooling?  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 12:13 PM

RJ, usually you are more carefull. Even Silly, your biggest supporter has looked and not found an alert on facebook and VOP news page. I looked also and con confirm Silly is correct. that said there is a pdf on the far right navigation of the village police page posted Tuesday, after the fourth event(in berwyn) three other events, one on Friday and two on Monday. Tighten up the reigns...your spin machine is out of control.

Silly  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 12:09 PM

@Lori, The story came out on OP.Com at 10:17am, I didnt receive the WJ Email alert until 5:04pm. Not sure what the delay is. Maybe just technology?

Silly  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 12:06 PM

Dont see it on the Enews Village site either.

Silly  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 12:04 PM

I didnt see it on VOP facebook page. Will sign up for other. Thanks Trustee Johnson

Lori M  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 9:51 AM

@Silly - Sign up for the Journal's e-news blasts - they're very timely. Ditto on thanking D97 for its communication system - the past 2 years we've received several such alerts.

sack o silly  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 9:47 AM

Thanks for the tip, R.J. I have yet to do this, but can you tell me if there was a posting on vop e-news or twitter or facebook about the incidents before d97 sent out a warning or before op.com alerted us or even fox news?

Ray Johnson from Oak Park  

Posted: October 27th, 2011 8:38 AM

Sign up for VOP e-news at http://www.oak-park.us/onlineservices/index.html Follow the Village on Twitter and Facebook as well.

Silly  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 8:45 PM

Couldn't the Village have some system in place where they mass email (anyone who is signed up )residents with info like this for safety concerns? Seems as though the media does a good job but why rely on private media to do a public service?

muriel schnierow from River Forest  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 8:34 PM

if you want to add to the head count either call me or sign on at the website citizensresourceforwomenandchildren.com.but please leave contact info. we can stop this.!

muriel schnierow from River Forest  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 8:32 PM

i have been advocating for safety of women and children for over 20 years and have studied Psychopathic Behavior Disorder all this time.Pedophiles, ,torturers,rapists of all ages are Psychopathic and cannot be on the street.there are over18,000 sexual offenders on the streets of Iliinois. Ms Madigan( atty gen) is doing some great things for victims. i dont want them paroled. they will not obey the rules of parole and registration.

Janna from Oak Park  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 5:25 PM

Looks to me as if many parents, teachers, and community members have done their job. ALL of these kids stayed away from the car, and ALL of them told someone about the incidents. Congrats to them! Is this a great community, or what?

OP Parent   

Posted: October 26th, 2011 1:24 PM

District 97 sent out an email yesterday afternoon. We learned about it from them first. Thanks OP District 97 for being on top of this!!

Better Late Than.... from OP  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 1:08 PM

Thanks WJ. Sadly, I saw this on the evening news last night and it wasn't reported here until late this morning! Fortunately, the Trib Local covered it on a timely basis.

J M Konecki  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 12:51 PM

Thank you WJ and OP.Com for informing the community. Be safe and look out for each other.

Thanks for getting the word out  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 11:01 AM

Tahnks, Devin Rose, for posting information about the creepy dude luring children to the car. now maybe you can find out why D200 has yet to send an announcement and why the police told a caller about a creepy dude following her daughter to call the high school. Who form the schools, police and vallage hall is going to step up and answer some questions?

Hank Marquardt  

Posted: October 26th, 2011 10:50 AM

Yes, this is bad. But again an example of something that is completely unactionable except to remind kids not to talk to strangers. A 40-50yr white male with a car ... in Oak Park ... really. How many of those can there be? Oh wait, I'm one!!! Fox News wanted to interview me while I was walking the dog at 6am this morning; maybe because I fit the profile ... lol. I declined though.

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