Sherman Henderson and Lindsay A. Bowman (Photos provided by Oak Park police)

UPDATE (11/24): Sherman Henderson, a 31-year-old Lyons man, surrendered to Oak Park police Monday night in connection with the Sunday night kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend Lindsay A. Bowman, according to a news release. Henderson was taken into custody after arriving at the police station with his attorney, Oak Park police report.

“Charges have not been filed yet, and the investigation is continuing,” according to the news release. “Police expect to conduct additional interviews with Henderson and the victim.”

UPDATE: Oak Park police are reporting that a woman who was believed abducted last night by her ex-boyfriend is safe at a suburban hospital and receiving medical care. Police said in a press release that Lindsay A. Bowman, 30, has suffered minor injuries and the vehicle used in the kidnapping has been located. They continue their search for Bowman’s ex-boyfriend Sherman Henderson, who is believed to have kidnapped Bowman. 

Bowman has been identified as a speech pathologist who provided contract services with the Schoold District 97 for approximately a year and a half, ending in September 2014. D97 spokesman Chris Jasculca said Bowman worked primarily with children enrolled in Oak Park’s private and parochial schools. 

Oak Park police are searching for Sherman Henderson, 31, a Lyons man suspected of breaking into an Oak Park residence Sunday night in the 600 block of N. Forest Avenue and kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

Lindsay A. Bowman, 30, was house sitting at the residence Sunday night, when Henderson is believed to have forced the rear door of the residence, dragged her out and forced her into a silver 2006 Dodge Magnum with Illinois license plate K134338. Henderson is not the owner of the vehicle, which is registered to a known acquaintance, but police suspect he might be driving a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro with Illinois license plate R995300, which he owns.

Henderson is described by police as 6-feet, 4-inches and weighing 201 pounds. Police said in a press release that Henderson is considered armed and dangerous.

Police received a 911 call at about 11:50 p.m. Sunday from a witness who saw Bowman being forced into the vehicle.

According to Bowman’s boyfriend, he and his girlfriend were dog sitting and watching television in the house when Henderson kicked in the rear door and abducted the woman.

A responding officer spotted the vehicle, followed it west on Chicago Avenue, south on Thatcher and west on Lake Street until the vehicle ran a red light at 1st Avenue. The Oak Park officer followed at a distance with lights off as Maywood and Melrose Park police were notified.

The Oak Park officer lost view of the van at North Avenue and Roy in Melrose Park after it turned onto a side street. At that point Stone Park and Northlake police were notified. Around 10 minutes after midnight an officer radioed that the suspect Dodge van was spotted “going about a hundred” westbound on North Avenue west of the I290 expressway.

At the same time police were alerted to a man described as bloodied, who entered the Denny’s restaurant at 711 N. Harlem Ave., stated he’d been robbed at the 600 Forest address and asked workers to call police.

Officers reportedly were delayed in getting to Denny’s due to handling events in multiple locations, including a simultaneous call of a domestic battery involving a juvenile on the 1000 block of South East Avenue.

Oak Park police report that Henderson has been previously arrested for domestic battery and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police are calling on the public to call 911 immediately if they spot Henderson. Anonymous tips can be submitted to police by calling 708-434-1636 or online at

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