Wilmette police are investigating an apparent attempted abduction of an eleven year old girl that occurred at 2:10 pm on Saturday, July 10, 2010, in an alley near the intersection of Sheridan and Lake in Wilmette. The girl reported that she was walking in the alley, when a black Audi sedan stopped next to her. The driver yelled at the girl to get into the car, then got out of the car and pushed her towards the vehicle. The girl screamed and ran away.
Police are seeking a Caucasian male between 45-50 years of age, 6'0-6'2 in height, 160 lbs, with straight medium length brown hair. At the time of the incident, the offender was wearing a plain white t-shirt and blue jeans.
The Wilmette Police say that identifying the offender is a priority. While noting that incidents of this type are extremely rare, the Police recommend that parents discuss safety with their children. Specifically, children should be cautioned that if they are approached by someone they do not know, they should go to a neighbor or trusted adult and ask them to call their parents or the police.
The Wilmette Police Department indicates that it will be increasing patrols in the Sheridan and Lake area, and is asking citizens who might have information on this case, to contact the case officer, Detective Roger Ockrim at 847-853-7558.