NORTH EDGEBROOK — Police are warning trick-or-treaters — and their parents — to be on alert after a man tried to kidnap a 12-year-old boy Sunday afternoon.
The boy was walking west on Touhy Avenue when the man approached him and asked him for some money to get home, police said. When the boy refused, the man then asked him for directions to the CTA Red Line, police said.
The man then offered the boy some candy, and when the boy said no, he asked him if he was sure and said his car was nearby.
The boy ran to a nearby Target store and called his mother. He was unharmed.
The man is described as black, between 30 and 40 years old, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with a dark complexion. He was wearing dark clothes and a black leather hat.
Police urged people in the area to walk in pairs, to avoid talking to strangers or approaching strange cars and to travel only in well-lit and busy areas. Suspicious people or activity should be reported to 911 immediately.
Anyone with information about the attempted abduction should call detectives at 312-744-8200. Anonymous tips can also be sent to tipssoft.com using reference number HW509388.