Brave teen stands up to bad guy; thwarts kidnapping attempt

Sunday night, Chicago police say a man attempted to lure two children into his car, but thanks to a brave teenage girl, those attempts were unsuccessful.

Around 8:30 p.m. a man driving in the 2000 block of North Tripp Ave in Chicago’s Hermosa’s neighborhood and attempted to engage two children in conversation. Police say the man had a gun.

And that’s when 14-year-old Mineralda Landa stepped in and stood up to that man

“Out of nowhere a white van just popped up and stopped in front of us and told us, ‘If you don’t get inside the car we’re going to kill you guys.’ And they showed us the gun. ” Mineralda said. “I told them, ‘I’m not going to get inside the car with you. Leave me alone.’ I told them ‘I’m going to call the police if you don’t leave!’ I told the kids to get inside the house and don’t come out.”

Chicago police say it was a white SUV that stopped. The man inside, in his 20s, tried to lure two kids, ages 6 and 7, into the vehicle.

She says it’s what she was taught to do.

“I always try to stay safe. Never let nobody scare you because it’s just going to give them more power instead of you having the power,” Mineralda said.

Police are looking for the suspect and describe him as a male, 20-29-years-old.   He was wearing a green hoodie and black pants.  The white SUV with black tape on windows.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Area North Detectives at 312-744-8200

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