Possible child abduction attempt reported near school

Three young siblings are nearly abducted as they walked to school on the South Side Friday morning.

It happened near Washington Park Charter Middle School at 61st and Indiana around 7:10 a.m.
The siblings, ages five, six, and nine, were walking to school when a man with a gun jumped out from a white van, and chased them. The man eventually gave up, and the kids made it to school safely.

“He raised his window down saying ‘help, help.’ So, they started running towards the school and my daughter told me that he got out of the car and started chasing them. He had a black gun on the side of him,” said Crystal Phillips, mother of the three kids.

No arrests have been made in this case.

Just last week, there was another attempted, child abduction near the same school and around the same time. A 10 year-old boy was targeted. Police did make an arrest.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

2 comments

  • Joe mama

    Safe passage???? I wouldn’t let my daughter walk to school in the city. I live in melrose park and am nervous about her walking to school. What is wrong with people, leave kids alone!!!

  • Linda from Iowa

    People,please escort the little ones 2 school. THERE ARE SOME SICK PERVERTED PREDATORS OUT THERE. Keep the babies safe people.

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