By Devin Rose
An attempt by two men over the weekend to lure teenagers into their car has left one Oak Park mother encouraging her neighbors to be on alert.
Crystal Brown, who lives in the 1000 block of North Lombard Avenue said her neighbor's 16-year-old daughter was walking Sunday afternoon with a friend on LeMoyne Parkway when two men in a silver car began to follow them. The men tried to say things to get the girls into the car, she said.
In an email to her neighbors and her resident beat officer, Brown, who is the contact person for her block, said the girls were able to run away. But she'd like to see increased police presence in her neighborhood, where there have been other incidents that, she says, are cause for concern.
Last month, a man sitting in a vehicle near Hatch School tried to start a conversation with a child walking on Harvey Avenue, which was one of several similar incidents in three days. One of Brown's 9-year-old triplets knew the child involved in the incident, and Brown said she's told her kids to be alert, travel with others and not talk to strangers.
As a result of these and other incidents Brown mentioned in the neighborhood over the last five years—including one neighbor being held up at gunpoint and the same neighbor's relative getting mugged multiple times in daylight—Brown said she wants to see more police patrolling her neighborhood.
In the email, Brown invited her neighbors to attend the next community policing meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Hatch School, 1000 N. Ridgeland Avenue.
For information about other neighborhood meetings, visit http://bit.ly/10cEPG.