Toddler Abducted in Mundelein, Returned

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    Mundelein Police are looking for an individual who abducted a 3-year-old girl, only to return her a short time later. Dick Johnson reports. (Published Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013)

    Mundelein Police are looking for an individual who abducted a 3-year-old girl, only to return her a short time later.

    It happened Monday at about 5:30 p.m. at the entrance to an apartment building at 555 Deepwoods Drive.

    Police say the girl's mother was carrying groceries along with her 3- and 9-year-old daughters, when a man approached her.

    "There was a brief exchange, a conversation that takes place, and at some point he grabs the 3 year old and takes her back to his vehicle which is parked just a short distance away," Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther said.

    Other kids in the area saw what happened.

    "I was like, 'what's happening, why is he taking her.' The girl, she was crying, so I didn't think that was right," a youngster in the neighborhood said.

    The suspect returned about 30 minutes later with the toddler.

    "Actually released the girl in the back parking lot where she runs to what she believes is her home but is actually the wrong building, obviously confused and distraught," Guenther said.

    Police say the man was seen earlier in the day handing out candy to children in the area and was seen the day before as well.

    The suspect was described as a Hispanic male between 20-30 years old with short curly hair and a goatee. He was driving a dark compact car with aftermarket wheels. Police say it could be a navy blue or black 2006-2008 Hyundai Accent 4-door sedan.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Mundelein Police Department at (847)968-4600.