A 12-year-old southwest suburban girl remained hospitalized Tuesday after she was beaten by a man who tried to abduct her and force her into a car while she was on her way home from school Monday, according to authorities.
Police said the girl was dropped off by a school bus around 3:30 p.m. Monday near her home at 169th Street and 88th Avenue in Orland Hills, according to Orland Hills police.
The girl, who attends Prairie View Middle School in Tinley Park, told police she noticed someone following her and called 911 to report it.
She was able to give the dispatchers her location before a man grabbed her and tried to “pull her into a red car driven by another person,” police said.
Police said the attacker hit the girl several times and repeatedly pounded her head against a tree.
The assailant grabbed her by the throat and tried to drag her to the car. She fought back, he tried to drag her to the car. At some pint he banged her head against a tree until she lost consciousness," Orland Hills Police Chief Thomas Scully said.
Officers responding to the call found the girl on the ground in front of her home and said she was “extremely traumatized to the point she did not recognize or respond to her parents.
"The girl was obviously traumatized ... incoherent ... couldn't tell us her name," Orland Hills Police Chief Thomas Scully said.
She was transported to Palos Community Hospital and later transferred to Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.
The victim's 13-year-old brother, Zied Tarawneh, says his parents haven't left the victim's side since the incident.
He says his parents gave her the cell a few years ago for just such an emergency.
"(It's) just for emergencies, or anything else," Tarawneh said.
Police were beefing up patrols in the area Tuesday, according to Chief Thomas Scully.
The girl described her assailant as a light-skinned man in his late teens to early 20s wearing a black ski mask, gloves, a black jacket and tennis shoes, Scully said.
The driver of the car was also wearing a ski mask.
Police are asking anyone with information to call (708) 349-4434.
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