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OAK PARK, Ill. – On Tuesday it was play time at Fox Park for brothers Gio and Nathan, with mom Marisa Munoz looking on.

But what happened here Monday morning at about 10:30, concerns not only Marisa, but also Oak Park police.

“A subject approached the fence, motioned over to a couple kids and gave them high fives and then reached over the fence and picked up one of the kids,” said Oak Park police commander LaDon Reynolds.

Parents stepped in right away. The guy walked off, no one was hurt, and the police were called.

“You hear about this stuff, and you hope it doesn't happen to your own child,” Munoz said. “I'm glad the child wasn't taken and I hope they find the individual.”

Police released a description of the offender:

Black man, dark complexion

25-35 years old


Stocky build

Round face

Dark eyes

Wearing black hat, long-sleeved black shirt, black pants, black fingerless gloves

Possible mustache, bushy sideburns

Police are still working on a composite sketch of the man.

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