Police have issued a community alert warning of two separate attempted child abductions in the city's Austin neighborhood on the West Side.
The first incident happened about 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 near Maypole and LeClaire avenues. Police said a 13-year-old boy was walking home from school when a black four-door vehicle with a temporary plate pulled up next to him. The driver told the boy he knew his mother and to get inside of the car, police said.
The boy kept walking but a passenger got out of the car and came up behind him. The passenger then grabbed the boy around his neck and tried to drag him to the car, police said.
The boy fought back and was able to run away. The vehicle then fled southbound on Lavergne Avenue.
Both the driver and the passenger were described as black males. One of them is about 5 feet 2 inches tall and between 20 to 30 years of age. He is medium weight with dreadlocks that come just above the ear lobe. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans, police said. There was no further description on the second suspect.
The second incident happened about 4:40 p.m. two days later on the 5100 block of West Iowa Street, police said.
Police said a 10-year-old boy was walking home from John Hay Community Academy when a black man followed him to Iowa Street. As the boy approached Leamington Avenue, the man grabbed the boy by the hood of his sweatshirt, police said.
The boy yelled for help and the man fled northbound on Leamington Avenue from Iowa Street, police said.
That man was described as being between 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He has short black hair and a small mustache, police said.
He was last seen wearing a yellow short sleeve T-shirt, light brown pants and black work boots.
Anyone with information on either incidents or the suspects should contact the Area Central Bureau of Detectives at (312) 744-8200.