CHICAGO — Before trying to drag a 14-year-old girl in to his truck, Osbaldo Santiago wished her a happy Valentine's Day, prosecutors said.
Santiago, 30, is charged with attempted aggravated kidnapping, two counts of attempted criminal sexual assault by force, two felony counts of child abduction related to luring a child under 16, and a misdemeanor count of public indecency after allegedly victimizing two teenage girls in separate incidents.
On Feb. 14, Valentine's Day, Santiago was pretending to check the tires on his truck in the 3400 block of West 51st Street as the first victim walked by on her way to school, Assistant State's Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos said. He ran behind her and grabbed her by her pants, trying to pull the teen toward his truck.
When the girl broke free, Santiago allegedly chased her while motioning toward his groin until a witness spotted the girl running and stopped to pick her up.
Four months later, on June 13, Santiago was in the 6100 block of South Hamlin Street when another teenage girl passed by on her way to school, Kwilos said.
He allegedly called out to her. The girl, 15, turned and saw Santiago standing near his truck masturbating.
"The defendant called out to the victim again, saying, 'Come here, baby. Come here, baby,'" Kwilos said.
When Santiago drew near the girl fled.
A Wednesday traffic stop led police to Santiago, who is also charged with driving without a license.
He was arrested Wednesday in the 3600 block of West 55th Street in the West Elsdon neighborhood when police identified him as matching the description given by the two girls.
A Cook County judge ordered Santiago held on $250,000 bond during a brief court appearance Thursday.