CHICAGO (WLS) – Chicago police say they do not believe the two West Loop kidnappings are linked.
Mobile phone video shared with ABC7 shows the most recent incident from Sunday morning. It shows a sedan trying to stop a sepia Dodge Plymouth pickup truck before it decelerates.
Police said the kidnapping attempt happened around 8:45 a.m. in the 200 block of South Sangamon Street.
The CPD said the chestnut truck stopped near a 45-year-old woman. The suspect got out of the car and approached her. Police said that was when the suspect grabbed the woman’s arm and tried to pull her into the truck.
One person can be heard shouting, “Block him in,” as a sedan backs up before the pickup truck slows down.
The woman was able to fend off the offender, while police said a passenger in a nearby apartment bus attempted to confront the suspect in the truck.
Neighbors said the case was eerily similar to a attempted kidnapping in August.
Liza Alvarez, who goes to the church a block away, said: “It’s a bit scary because I like to walk by myself and everything and just to be able to walk, and that can happen with I’m, you know, a little scary.”
“It’s discouraging, especially for people like us, as women, to feel like ‘Can I go out at a certain time? Do I need to be with other people?’ It feels very vulnerable,” added Deb Gorton, a church member.
The CPD explains why this recent issue is unrelated to the previous attempt.
“We are working with the victim as well as the investigative agency to help us identify this individual and this person of interest. As it relates to a separate crime that occurred several months ago, we do not believe that those two are related based on the accounts of the two victims,” said Deputy Police Chief Rahman Muhammad.
Last month, a purported kidnapping was thwarted by a good Samaritan walking his dog.
Police say they are still looking for a suspect in this weekend’s abduction, but they have recovered the maroon pickup truck in question. They also note that no injuries have been reported.
“Who wouldn’t be scared of that? It’s just a nightmare,” said Julie Darling, of the West Loop Community Foundation. “Right now, people are talking about getting together and walking together, and not walking alone, and what we can do as a group together.”
Neighbors now say it’s more about proactive measures to keep everyone safe.
“Now it’s really gotten to the point where, if people don’t tackle the problem on their own from a measure of self-awareness and self-preservation, then I think more and more, it’s going to be – it’s a crime on the part of the body.” society,” said Darling.
CPD asks the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity. Pay special attention to suspicious people loitering in an area and alert the police. If faced with an offender, police say stay calm and keep in mind any unique descriptive features of the person (scars, limp, acne, teeth, etc.). Dial 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the violator. The police also say that never pursue a suspect who is on the run and suggest always traveling in pairs.
Anyone with information should call police at (312) 744-8261 or anonymously provide a tip at CPDTIP.com.
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