Chicago police say woman was almost kidnapped in West Loop neighborhood, second abduction attempt this month

Chicago police said a woman was almost kidnapped in broad daylight in the West Loop neighborhood on Sunday, and this is the second attempted abduction in this area in a month.

The most recent incident happened on South Sangamon near West Adams at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday. Video from a neighbor shows the end of the incident.


Police said the woman, 45, was walking when a van stopped near her. The suspect got out and grabbed her. He tried to pull her towards the van, but she was able to get away.

Police said the previous attempted abduction happened on Aug. 24 at about 7:20 a.m., also on South Sangamon near West Adams. In that instance, the suspect stopped the victim and attempted to guide her into his vehicle. A witness saw what was going on and ran across the street to save her. 

The suspect jumped into the vehicle's front passenger door and the witness sprayed bear spray inside. The witness said at least two other people were inside the vehicle at the time.

Police have located the minivan used in the attempted kidnapping Sunday, however, no arrests have been made.

"As a woman, it’s scary," said Deb Gorton, a clinical psychologist who lives in the area. "Whether or not it's carried out really doesn't matter." 

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