3-year-old girl abducted, returned 30 minutes later

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Mundelein police say a man abducted a 3-year old girl from in front of her home, drove off for 30 minutes and then returned her to a parking lot near the point of abduction.

Police are not sure what happened in those 30 minutes on Tuesday.

They are running tests and trying to question the girl as best they can.  She was returned with no obvious signs of trauma.

Mundelein police say they’ve never seen anything like it.

“In my 19 years of being  police officer, I don’t  recall an offender bringing a victim back to its crime scene,” said police chief Eric Guenther

It was 5:30 p.m. Monday when the girl followed her mother and her 9-year-old sister inside an apartment complex in the 500 block of Deepwoods Dr.  The girl found herself trapped inside the vestibule with her sister.  A stranger was also among them.

That stranger then took off with the child in a car.

Police were called and arrived on the scene almost immediately.

Two teenage girls told a neighbor they too had been approached by the same guy in a 4-door Hyundai which is described as  black or blue with after market wheels that make it stand out.

“They said this guy who snatched the baby had approached them and asked if they want some candy.  They said no,” said neighbor Alberto Swall.

While investigators were still on the scene, the offender came back.

Police were floored to learn the girl had been dropped back off at the complex and slipped away without a trace.

The girl was reunited with her mother right away.

Tuesday, members of the community handed out fliers in the Deepwoods Apartments warning  of the abductor still on the loose.

Mundelein police ask anyone with information to contact them at 847-968-4600.

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  • rahrah1

    Wow that is freaking scary. I hope they find the guy and lock him away from society. I can only imagine the horror he will eventually inflict on some poor child if he is not located and locked away.

    • MomOf5

      I have a feeling that this was a sexuaI predator that chickened out fearing repercussions after kidnapping the three year old. This creep is probably addicted to child pornography and perhaps has molested other children, possibly prosecuted for it. Maybe he felt that it was a good idea to kidnap, molest and perhaps murder the child thinking he could get away with it. Or, perhaps he realized the severity of his actions and had a change of heart. Who knows, just the pathetic garbage that terrorized a family. Side note, mom needs to learn how to be more vigilant when it comes to her children's safety.

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