CHICAGO - Chicago police have a person of interest in custody after a man attempted to lure a 12-year-old girl into his car as she was walking to school Monday in the Arcadia Terrace neighborhood.
The news of the person of interest in custody was announced Tuesday night by 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez.
"This afternoon I spoke with 20th District Commander McCrudden who reported that the Chicago Police Department has a person of interest … in custody. On behalf of the 40th Ward, I would like to thank Commander McCrudden and CPD for their swift action on this matter," Vasquez said in a statement.
On Monday, the girl was walking west in the 2600 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue towards Jamieson Elementary School when a man in a white Honda four-door sedan with black flames on the passenger-side door pulled up, police said in a community alert.
The man signaled for the girl to come closer with his hand. When she refused, he continued to follow her in his car, police said.
The girl fled into the school where she alerted staff members. The car circled the school several times and also parked in front of the school for an undisclosed amount of time.
Police said the suspect was wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and had short dark hair and facial hair.