The Oak Park Police Department released a bulletin today announcing that a child may have been the target of an attempted abduction today in Fox Park near the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Oak Park Avenue.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., a man seen walking by the park “speaking to himself in an unidentified foreign language” called two young children over from the playground area of the park.

The man reportedly knelt down and high-fived one of the children through the fence rails and then stood up, reached over the fence and picked up the other child. The report notes that the man was turning to walk away when the child’s caretaker confronted the man, prompting him to put the child down.

Police report that the man was last seen walking southbound on Oak Park Avenue near Jackson Boulevard.

He was described as a black man, approximately 25-35 years old, stood between 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-11, with a stocky build, dark complexion, round face, dark eyes and wearing a black hat, black long-sleeve shirt, black pants, black fingerless gloves and possibly a black jacket or sweater tied around his waist. He also may have had a mustache and was described as having bushy sideburns, according to police.

Anyone with information can contact police at 708-386-3800.


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