Police, District 97 warn Oak Park parents of three incidents this week

Two students reported individuals tried to talk to them as they walked in Oak Park

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police and District 97 school officials have received three reports of individuals attempting to talk to two teenagers walking in Oak Park Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a 13-year-old Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School student said she was walking southbound on the east side of Harlem Avenue approaching Chicago Avenue around 8 a.m. when a man walked past her and made a suggestive comment, according to statements from police and D97 Superintendent Al Roberts.

The girl said she saw the same man around the same time on Wednesday as she walked down Harlem Avenue near Paulina Street. This time, the man was in a white minivan, possibly a taxi, according to police. The man motioned her towards the vehicle as he drove past her on Paulina and turned south on Harlem.

Also on Wednesday, a 13-year-old boy told police he was walking west on Adams Street near Ridgeland Avenue toward Percy Julian Middle School when a woman driving a silver Dodge minivan stopped in traffic and offered him a ride. The boy declined and the woman was last seen traveling north on Ridgeland Avenue near Madison Street.

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T.J. from OP  

Posted: December 20th, 2012 5:10 PM

We may want to start thinking about moving to Western Springs. Oak Park is too dangerous!

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