2 Women Escaped Abduction From A Man Near Pilsen Sunday, Police Warn

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Oct 2, 2017 2:23PM

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Pilsen crime via Google Street View.

Two women escaped from abduction attempts from someone who appears to be the same man near and around Pilsen Sunday evening, police are warning in two community alerts.

In the first attempted abduction, at about 7:40 p.m. in the 200 block of West 19th Street, near East Pilsen, a man sitting in his car parked opened his front passenger door as a 62-year-old woman walked by on the sidewalk. He got out of the car and tried to grab her from behind, covered her mouth with his left hand and tried to push her into the car. The woman screamed for help, according to police, and was able to fight the man off. He escaped in his car by fleeing west on 19th Street and south on Wells Street.

The man was described as white or Latino, with short dark hair, between the age of 20 to 30 years old, 6'00"-6'02", Light complexion, clean shaven, with a round face and thin build. His car was a newer model tan or beige four-door sedan, and it's possible the license plate's last four digits were 7110.

In the second attempted abduction, at about 7:55 p.m. in the 1000 block of West 18th Street, an unknown man approached a 29-year-old woman from behind as she was walking east on the sidewalk, then grabbed her. He hit her in the stomach and covered her mouth with his hand, police say, then picked her up and tried to carry her to a car he had parked on the street. The woman was able to get free after she screamed for help and two people on the street who saw her approached to help, causing the would-be abductor to drop her and flee in his car. He fled westbound on 18th Street, according to police.

As with the prior attempted abduction, the man was also described as white or Latino, between the age of 20 to 30 years old, 5'07"-6'00", with a thin build, light complexion, short dark hair, and wearing a gray shirt. His car was a newer model 4 door sedan with a light color.

In both cases, police warn people not to walk alone and to find places along their walking routes that they can go to for safety, such as businesses or neighbors they trust.