Man tries to BUY 5-year-old girl, then attempts to snatch her from mom's arms in shocking video
Chicago police are seeking the public's help to track the perp down after the horrifying broad-daylight attempt
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: In a shocking video released by the Chicago police, a man can be seen trying to kidnap a little girl in broad daylight when she was walking with her mother. Police have shared the clip of the incident and sought the public's help to track the culprit down. The attempted crime occurred around 12 noon on Thursday, September 8, 2022.
The mother-daughter duo was walking along 5100 Block of West Fullerton Avenue near North Leclaire Avenue. The video shows the unidentified man walking close behind them. According to the Chicago Police Department, the man offered the mother some cash in exchange for her daughter. The horrified woman refused the offer and walked away, after which he followed them and attempted to pull the little girl towards him in an attempted abduction.
The incident, which was caught on a security camera, shows the mother walking with her daughter, with a man trailing behind. At one point, the duo stops near a fence and he moves on ahead, overtaking them. However, he returns inside the frame and says something to the woman. He keeps coming closer to them, possibly offering the unspecified amount at that point and making an offer to buy the five-year-old.
The mother appears visibly alarmed as she holds her daughter close and takes a few steps backward. The two adults seem to go back and forth in a conversation, following which the woman turns around and walks away with her daughter. However, the unidentified individual quickly rushes up to them and tugs at the little girl's hair from behind to pull her towards himself. Her mother quickly smacked his hands away from her daughter. Fortunately, the mother and daughter escaped safely.
According to the police, the perp is a Hispanic male, aged 20 to 25. He is described as approximately 5'7", weighing around 160 pounds. At the time of the attempted kidnapping, the suspect was wearing a black hat, black T-shirt, red shorts and black footwear.
The Chicago Police Department has sought the public's assistance to identify the individual. If anyone has any information or leads, they are requested to call the Area Five Detective Bureau at 312-746-6554 and get in touch with Detective Nunez.