Police are warning community residents after a man tried to take a 5-year-old girl from her backyard Saturday in the city’s Brighton Park neighborhood.
Police said the incident took place sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. in the 3500 block of South Mozart.
The man entered the young girl’s fenced-in backyard from the alley and told her to “come here,” according to a community alert.
Family members said the young girl screamed, but the man grabbed her arms. Another young girl in the yard also screamed and ran for help.
The offender ultimately fled back into the alley and reportedly drove away in a black vehicle traveling southbound toward 36th Street.
The suspect is described as a man between 25 and 35 years of age, with black hair and a mustache with a possible goatee. He was wearing a blue hat and had a black handgun.
Officials are asking residents to report any suspicious people, vehicles or activity in their neighborhoods and are telling parents not to let their children walk alone. If a child is walking alone, parents should identify safe havens along a child’s route to school and home.
Anyone with information surrounding the incident is being asked to call Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8380.